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GRASS: Sorghastrum nutans (Indian Grass)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
The newly added fact sheet about Sorghastrum nutans, Indian Grass, describes this native of much of North America which was once one of the dominant grass species of the tallgrass prairie. It is a good choice for erosion control on slopes and combines well with robust wildflowers such as butterfly-weed, purple coneflower, orange coneflower, and other native grasses. 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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