- are more numerous than other type of plant
- belong in native plantings
- are easy to grow and hardy
- provide seeds and habitat for birds, insects and small mammals
- provide texture and visual interest all year long
- are very disease resistant
- are deer resistant
- increase in size with increased water
Warm season vs. cool season grasses
- Warm season grasses wait until temperatures have been quite warm for a couple of weeks before they green up, often much later than cool season grasses. They stay green until the first frosts.
- Cool season grasses begin to turn green as soon as temperatures are generally above freezing. They tend to go dormant in the heat of the summer unless watered but often green up again in fall. Good for short growing seasons! Best to plant these in either spring or fall.
Bunchgrass vs. rhizomatous grass
- Bunchgrasses grow in clumps and tend to spread slowly via seed germination. They are useful as ornamental specimens and along borders, or interspersed with other forbs.
- Rhizomatous grasses send out runners (some above ground, most below) and spread quickly. They may also produce new plants from seed. These are good for lawns and covering large areas.
Blackfoot Native Plants Grasses
- are grown in containers; they make great container garden plants or may be transplanted into gardens, lawns and restoration projects
- we intersperse containerized grasses with seed when replanting a large area to give the ‘look’ that an area is planted and to provide shade and moisture retention for seedlings
Grasses available in 2016 – click on species name for photos and more information
- blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis)
- bluebunch wheatgrass (Pseudoroegneria spicata)
- Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)
- foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum)
- great basin wildrye (Leymus cinereus)
- Idaho fescue (Festuca idahoensis)
- little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)
- prairie junegrass (Koeleria macrantha)
- rough fescue (Festuca campestris)
- sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula)
- sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata)
- tufted hairgrass (Deschampsia caespitosa)