Andropogon gerardii – Big Bluestem

 Originally posted 5/2019 Andropogon gerardii Big Bluestem (F,D,Md,A,N) 4-5ft w x 4-8 feet h. Native warm-season perennial clump grass. Found int both short and tall grass prairies. Grayish green stems in spring, turning a copper red in fall. drought tolerant. Base of plants are often purple. In the gardne bed it tends to flop, best… Continue reading Andropogon gerardii – Big Bluestem

Elymus trachycaulus -Slender wheatgrass

Elymus trachycaulus – Slender wheatgrass (Su,DM,A,N) 12-40″ Tall x 12″ Spread, light blue-green wide leaves. Slender wheatgrass is a perennial, cool-season, short-lived, coarse, tufted bunchgrass. Leaves are from 3 to 13 inches long and upto a half inch wide, with basal leaves longer than upper leaves. The culms are erect, ranging from 6 to 48… Continue reading Elymus trachycaulus -Slender wheatgrass

Give nature a blanket in winter

and you’ll see habitat everywhere you look Dried leaves as blankets I freely admit I’m not neat or tidy, or organized.  But I like beauty and that usually requires some tidiness or organization. For most suburbanites the fall tidy up means a clearing of dead leaves.  But imagine if we treated our bodies the same… Continue reading Give nature a blanket in winter

Bouteloua curtipendula – Sideoats grama

sideoats grama

Bouteloua curtipendula – Side-oats Grama (Su,DM,A,N) 12-36″ Tall x 12″ Spread, light green spiky leaves.  Purple-red spikes form on one side of the stem from late June to early August.   When blooming,  orange stamens and feathery stigmas form from the spikelets. host plant for a number of butterflies and moths; seeds for birds Blooms:  Mid… Continue reading Bouteloua curtipendula – Sideoats grama

Koeleria macanthra — June grass

Koeleria macanthra – June Grass  (Su,DM,A,N) Sun 3′ – 6′ Tall x 12″ Spread, light green spiky leaves.  Purple-red spikes form on one side of the stem from late June to early August.   When blooming,  orange stamens and feathery stigmas form from the spikelets. seed and cover for birds Blooms:  June to August  (Su) Moisture:… Continue reading Koeleria macanthra — June grass

Seeds for the new Prairie garden

Originally Posted on 4/15/2019. These can be planted this fall. Sideoats Grama Seed (Bouteloua curtipendula) Item #: 21520 Grass Seed Weight: 1 Oz $4.00 Purple Prairie Clover Seed (Dalea purpurea) Item #: 16860 Seed Weight: 1/4 Oz $6.00 Switchgrass Seed (Panicum virgatum) Item #: 27570 Grass Seed Weight: 1 Oz $4.00   Fall Planting: Purchase… Continue reading Seeds for the new Prairie garden

Sporobolus heterolepis – Prairie Dropseed

 Sporobolus heterolepis Prairie Dropseed This native grass finds its home in much of the US.  Part of the greater Sporobolus genus which includes the sacaton, and muhlenbergia has fine green leaves and grows in a lovely arching fashion.  This slow grower, can take up to four years to flower when grown from seed.  This variety… Continue reading Sporobolus heterolepis – Prairie Dropseed

Schizachyrium scoparium – Little bluestem

Little Bluestem – Schizachyrium scoparium 2 – 3’H x 12″ Warm season grass.  Green to blue green leaves turn red/bronze in the fall.  And is a standout during winter.  With a fibrous root system, for Colorado its best grown in clay soils.  Will tolerate light shade and is drought tolerant.  Up to 7500ft host plant… Continue reading Schizachyrium scoparium – Little bluestem

Bluestem and Dropseed grasses arrive

The grasses that will make up the main fill for the prairie substrate  includes two native grasses that will provide both habitat and structure. LITTLE BLUESTEM ( Schizachyrium scoparium) DROPSEED (Sporobolus heterolepis) BIG BLUESTEM (Andropogon gerardii) These little beauties arrived 5/16/2019 The intention was to allow acclimation 2 days in shade of patio and then… Continue reading Bluestem and Dropseed grasses arrive