Growing on the High Plains: Native Grasses

Sep 6, 2018

Our lush, native tallgrass prairies in Kansas are something of dreams.

For those who aren't accustomed to its unique landscape, our High Plains home is certainly a sight to see. After a recent visit from East-coast friends, I felt as if I saw the fields of Kansas with new eyes. 

So today's Growing on the High Plains will take a late-summer pause to review some of the spectacular native prairie grasses you might be taking for granted. Did you know that Kansas has the largest contiguous tract of native remnant—or uncultivated—tall grass prairie? I'll detail the different types common to our region, from the short and medium varieties to the towering tall grass favorites. (And living in a state with all three is a pretty rare thing!)

You might be surprised to find out that some grass names can be deceiving, their colors span the rainbow, and they vary wildly with regards to how they seed and spread across the soil. For a visual guide of different grasses native to Kansas, take a peek at this