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prairie junegrass

Koeleria macrantha

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low
full sun
upright
8 - 18"
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summer

Photo credit: 

E. Conrad

Small tidy bunch of blue-green leaves
Small tidy bunch of blue-green leaves

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Golden seed heads bloom in summer but stick around until fall
Golden seed heads bloom in summer but stick around until fall

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Small tidy bunch of blue-green leaves
Small tidy bunch of blue-green leaves

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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This is our shortest bunchgrass, and the small stature makes it ideal for garden edges and around hardscaping. The tidy bluegreen foliage is accented by a thick bouquet of large gold flowering seedheads in early summer. Junegrass requires well-drained soil and plenty of sun (so keep it away from taller plantings that might compete for light!). This is a good option for harsh sites along sidewalks and sunny walls. Plant with hairy golden aster, cushion buckwheat, woolly groundsel, and fuzzytongue penstemon.