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Koeleria macrantha

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Photo Credit: Prairie Moon Nursery

Also known as June Grass, this plant is native to North America, Europe and Asia. This perennial is more of a 'cool-season' grass, although it still appreciates full sun exposure. Blooming in late spring, the silvery-pale green flowers blow in the summer breezes. This plant will possible go dormant in the summer months if the heat becomes too intense, but in cooler climates will thrive until the autumn months. The shallow root system will allow this grass to become about one to two feet high. It will tolerate dry soils and drought along with air pollution. Growing best in hardiness zones 3 through 9, and this ornamental grass will self-seed itself in optimum growing conditions. Growing mainly in clumps, it is a relatively low-maintenance plant.

Photo Credit: Kelly D. Norris, 2011

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