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GRASS: Elymus hystrix, (Bottlebrush Grass)

2020 Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This native* of dune grasslands, prairies, barrens, and open woodlands is considered an important species for soil stabilization along roadsides. In home gardens, its reddish-purple clouds of airy flowers are stunning in summer when backlit or sparkling with raindrops. Continue reading

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Grasses vs. Sedges

Grasses and sedges are both classified as monocots. These are plants whose seeds have one cotyledon (the part that will grow into embryonic leaves), and which possess flower parts in multiples of three, leaves with parallel veins, and scattered vascular bundles.  While they resemble each other superficially, grasses are members of the Poaceae family and sedges belong to the Cyperaceae family. Continue reading

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Native Grasses for Fall and Winter

As summer’s annuals are beginning to fade and fall perennials are putting on their last show of bloom, native grasses take on a more prominent role in the natural landscape. Continue reading

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