Watch these short videos on the benefits of native grasses:
Benefits of Native Grasses: big bluestem
BIG BLUESTEM: Native grasses are beautiful additions to any home landscape. And the benefits are many--particularly for the popular prairie grass big bluestem. UMN Extension Professor and Horticulturist Mary Meyer explains why big bluestem is good for the soil, supports wildlife and how to use it in your garden or landscape. One of a 3-part series on the benefits of native grasses.
Benefits of Native Grasses: blue grama
BLUE GRAMA: Native grasses like blue grama have many benefits for gardens in Minnesota. UMN Extension Professor and Horticulturist Mary Meyer explains how this grass can be used on slopes, in rain gardens and in dry locations such as street boulevard gardens. Endangered species of butterflies in Minnesota feed on blue grama. One of a 3-part video series on the benefits of native grasses.
Benefits of Native Grasses: prairie dropseed
PRAIRIE DROPSEED: Native grasses like prairie dropseed have lots of benefits for Minnesota's yards and gardens. Prairie dropseed is good for the soil, supports wildlife and is a low-maintenance plant. UMN Extension Professor and Horticulturist Mary Meyer explains the benefits. One of a 3-part video series on the benefits of native grasses.
Mary Meyer's blog GrassTalk is all about ornamental and native grasses.
Ornamental Grasses for Cold Climates helps northern gardeners select ecologically beneficial grasses for lawn or garden. The newest edition includes a map of the USDA's updated 2012 plant hardiness zones, more than 100 perennial and 35 annual grass species, and more than 100 color photos. It is based on 25 years of research by Extension horticulturalist Mary Hockenberry Meyer.
The grass collection at the MN Landscape Arboretum is one of the largest in the Unted States with over 200 native and ornamental species and cultivars.
The Minnesota DNR has a section on their website that lists all the native garden centers in the state.