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Retail Newsletter from Bluestem Nursery Mar 2016

Anthoxanthum odoratum
Vanilla grass, Sweet vernal grass
new for 2016
Andropogon hallii
Sand bluestem
new for 2016
New Plants for 2016

We have 3 new grasses for 2016. They are only available as plugs this year, but will be grown in our field this summer so as to be available as field clumps next year.


Are you considering the birds?

Many people are growing or planning to grow native plants. One of the main reasons to do so is because the birds use native plants as a source of food, as well as nesting material.

These include:

  • The various Andropogons also known by the common name of Big Bluestem, along with our new one, Andropogon hallii (Sand bluestem).
  • Panicum (Switch grass), of which we have many cultivars. In our field we see many quail and pheasants feeding at the base of the plants.
  • Sorghastrum (Indian grass) is stunning in bloom and is more likely to remain erect through the winter than is either Andropogon or Panicum. It is a late bloomer.
  • Schizachyrium (Little bluestem), with its great fall colour, is another wonderful grass to grow in the garden to attract and supply food for birds.
  • Bouteloua gracilis (Blue grama grass)
  • Bouteloua curtipendula (Sideoats grama)
  • Achnatherum hymenoides (Indian rice grass)
  • Deschampsia (Tufted hair grass). This one is excellent for those who live in a colder climate. It also produces its seeds early in the year.
  • Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie dropseed)
  • Festuca (Fescue)
  • Elymus (Great basin wild rye)
  • Chasmanthium (Northern sea oats)

The grasses also provide nesting material and protective cover for birds such as pheasants, prairie chickens and more.

If its a native grass, the birds, butterflies and insects will find it useful. And according to Birds and Bloom, it doesn’t matter what part of the country the grass is originally from.

Read more: Birds and Blooms

We have also found that two of our perennials are very popular with birds, especially finches:

New Blog Post

Watch our blog for a new post. Jim's brother Frank has sent me some spectacular photos of winter willows.

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