Gardening with Native Grasses in Cold Climates
and a Guide to the Butterflies They Support
Diane M. Narem & Mary Hockenberry Meyer
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The use of native grasses in gardening and landscaping has been on the rise. This increased demand has led to a need for more information about the available selection of native grasses and their planting practices. Diane M. Narem and Mary Hockenberry Meyer of the University of Minnesota Department of Horticultural Science have put together a guide to native grasses for cold climates. The guide includes an introduction to the basics of grasses and sedges, a description of the benefits native grasses provide homeowners and their surrounding environment, a list of common native grasses in cold climates, their characteristics, growing conditions, and associated butterflies and moths, and an overview of planting, maintenance and management.