Back in college I took several classes on restoring prairie....
Big Blue and Little blue are bunch grasses
Indian grass is half bunch half sod
Switch grass is sod forming
The side oats gramma and others are dry/short grass prairie grasses,
IThe only grow 6-8" high.. I would be surprised if you saw them, ever...
(they are all warm season grasses naitive to north amaerica)
One thing to keep in mind is that warm season grasses take 2-3 years
Generally the first year you'll want to keep it mowed to 6"....
and the second year you'll want to keep it mowed to 1'
This is important in getting them enough sunlight, and keeping the
cool season grasses at bay.....
black eye susans, yellow cone flower, ox-eye, perrenial sunflowers,
echinacia (purple cone flower), Wild senna (legume), illinois bundle
flower (legume) will all by wonderful flowers to add to the prairie mix
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, Robert Monie <bobm20001@...>
> Do not shave your head and throw yourself into a volcano. Do not
shave the grasses heads or throw them into a volcano either.
> Instead call Jody Booze-Daniels, grass researcher at Virginia
Tech. Try 540-231-7175 or 540-320-1276. Her email is jodaniel@...
Tell me if this doesn't work and I will find her for you.
> She also has a couple of Web profile sites that you can easily
google to. From what I've seen, Judy knows Virginia grasses and will
tell you if what you ordered will grow where you live. She did a
beautiful presentation you can google to if you enter the following
> (no quotation marks) Virginia Native Grasses and Flowers: Can They
be grown from seed
> Jody Booze-Daniels
> You will see lovely photos of grasses growing there. Among them
are Big bluestem, switchgrass and indiangrass. Ask Judy which of the
grasses you ordered you should keep and which you should still
secretly plant just to see what nature says.
> Why ask us? What do we know? I know how to grow malabar spinach
and chayote squash in New Orleans. What do I know about grass in
Virginia? About as much as an Arkansas hog knows about black holes in
space and leptons in atoms.
> from the swamps of Louisiana
> Bob Monie
> Zone 8
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