Promoting the Use of Native Plant Species in the Home Landscape


Grasses can be classified as any of many low, green, nonwoody plants belonging to the grass family (Poaceae), the sedge family (Cyperaceae), and the rush family (Juncaceae). There are many grasslike members of other flowering plant families, but only the approximately 10,000 species in the family Poaceae are true grasses.

Sorghastrum nutans, Indiangrass

Indian Grass

Flowering occurs in late summer. The tiny, yellow to bronze-colored flowers occur on moderately dense clusters held above the foliage. The flowers are wind pollinated.
Schizachyrium scoparium, Little Bluestem

Little Bluestem

Flowering occurs in late summer into early autumn. They tiny, green to white flowers occur on spikes. The flowers are wind pollinated.
Chasmanthium latifolium, Northern Sea Oats

Northern Sea Oats

Flowering occurs in mid to late summer (July to August). The tiny, green flowers are in flat spikelet held on a thin, arching stalk. The flowers are wind pollinated.
Panicum virgatum, Switch Grass

Switch Grass

Flowering occurs in mid-summer. The tiny pink to reddish flowers occur on open, airy clusters called panicles. The flowers are wind pollinated.
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