50 Natives: Kansas – Agropyron smithii – Western Wheatgrass

image from prairiemoon

I am so interested in varieties of grass that I can plant broadcast style that will hopefully choke out a bit of fern, a fair amount of poison ivy and an ever increasing amount of wild raspberry.   This Kansas prairie native grass is definitely one I am considering for the lower pasture area of our little farm.


Western wheatgrass is a native cool-season, sod forming grass that grows best on moist bottomland. (check) It is drought resistant and winter hardy. (yeah!) And the fall color is sometimes shades of red.  (~nice~)

image from prairie ecosystems

What I most desire though – besides to choke out other invasives and unwanteds, is to be able to mow a grassy path like this.   With out a doubt this is one of the most beautiful garden features.

grassy path andropogon western wheat grass

image from sunset.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. Matti on April 28, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I have little experience with grasses, but the deep red foliage is striking. MAtti

  2. Adam Sarmiento on July 19, 2015 at 2:59 am

    The red looking grass in your photos is not Pascopyrum smithii (western wheatgrass) but Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem).

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