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A plant which provides good foraging for grazing animals.

Rudbeckia hirta 'Denver Daisy'

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Common Name: Denver Daisy
Bloom Season: Summer to Fall
Bloom Color: Yellow
Water Needs: Little Water Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun Part-Shade Shade

Mature Height: 20"
Mature Width: 18"
Description:

Striking dark eyed, long-rayed daisy, hybridized, by Benary from the Colorado native Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta). This showy plant commemorates the 150th anniversary of the founding of Denver. Plant Select® award winner.


Eragrostris trichodes

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Common Name: Sand Lovegrass
Bloom Season: Late Summer
Bloom Color: Purple
Water Needs: Little Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun

Mature Height: 40"
Mature Width: 36"
Description:

Large airy seedheads. Nice vase shape form. Good late summer fall interest.


Garden Notes: I have used this grass for several years. So far I have found nothing negative about it. It fills it spot quickly, blooms early and it looks nice through winter. It reseeds itself minimally. Cut back in early spring.

Sorghastrum nutans

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Common Name: Yellow Indiangrass
Bloom Season: Fall to Winter
Bloom Color: Yellow
Water Needs: Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun

Mature Height: 5'
Mature Width: 2'
Description:

Strong, upright plant.Seedheads are a fluffy, golden brown. One of the major grasses of the True Tallgrass Prairies. Nice golden colored leaves with bronze seedheads. An early maturing variety with finer leaves. Tall, narrower, stately. Good nesting habitat.


Schizachyrium scoparium

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Common Name: Little Bluestem
Bloom Season: Mid-Summer to Winter
Bloom Color: White
Water Needs: Little Water Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun

Mature Height: 30"
Mature Width: 18"
Description:

An important grass of the True Prairie. Blue green, turning to reddish brown in fall.


Garden Notes: An important grass of the True Prairie. Blue green through summer, turning to reddish brown in fall, then has good winter color: reddish tan that shows up even better in damp, foggy weather.

Dalea purpurea

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Common Name: Purple Prairie Clover
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: Purple
Water Needs: Almost No Water Little Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun

Mature Height: 18"
Mature Width: 12"
Description:

Highly nutritious forage plant.woody taproot. A good plant to have to encourage butterflies to your yard.


Calylophus serrulatus

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Common Name: Toothed Sundrops
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: Yellow
Water Needs: Little Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun

Mature Height: 18"
Mature Width: 18"
Description:

Sub-shrub,Blooms heavily in spring then lightly throughout summer. Smaller, mounded plant with narrow leaves.


Garden Notes: This variety makes more of a ball-shaped plant. Reseeds nicely for some new plants here and there.

Bouteloua gracilis

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Common Name: Blue Grama
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: Redish Pink
Water Needs: Little Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun

Mature Height: 12"
Mature Width: 18"
Description:

Great PlantSelect® selection. Turf grass or ornamental bunch grass. Slowly spreads maybe 2" per year.


Garden Notes: Plant thickly by seed to get a nice grass for outlying area. Height will vary by the amount of water it receives. Very drought tolerant.

Andropogon gerardii 'Big Bluestem'

Common Name: Big Bluestem
Bloom Season: Fall to Winter
Bloom Color: Purplish-Red
Water Needs: Little Water Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun

Mature Height: 3'-6'
Mature Width: 24"
Description:

One of the major grasses of the True Tallgrass Prairies. Drought tolerant but prefers extra moisture. Clump former, does not spread.


Garden Notes: Coarse grass, best in native setting, cut dried stems to base early spring. Divide clump when center begins dieing out.May be aggressive in the long run in pastures.