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4/27/2010

50 Natives: Kansas – Agropyron smithii – Western Wheatgrass

image from prairiemoon

I am so interested in varieties of grass that I can plant broadcast style that will hopefully choke out a bit of fern, a fair amount of poison ivy and an ever increasing amount of wild raspberry.   This Kansas prairie native grass is definitely one I am considering for the lower pasture area of our little farm.

andropogon

Western wheatgrass is a native cool-season, sod forming grass that grows best on moist bottomland. (check) It is drought resistant and winter hardy. (yeah!) And the fall color is sometimes shades of red.  (~nice~)

image from prairie ecosystems

What I most desire though – besides to choke out other invasives and unwanteds, is to be able to mow a grassy path like this.   With out a doubt this is one of the most beautiful garden features.

grassy path andropogon western wheat grass

image from sunset.

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  1. Matti

    April 28th, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I have little experience with grasses, but the deep red foliage is striking. MAtti

  2. Adam Sarmiento

    July 19th, 2015 at 2:59 am

    The red looking grass in your photos is not Pascopyrum smithii (western wheatgrass) but Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem).

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