Indiangrass – Sorghastrum nutans
This grass is one of the “big four” native grasses of the original tall grass prairie. It can be found in the Cross Timbers region at undisturbed sites. It provides good soil erosion control, makes a nice accent grass for landscaping, provides seed for wildlife, is an important forage grass & is an indicator of good range conditions.
Switchgrass – Panicum virgatum
Switchgrass is a dominant bunchgrass found in the original tall grass prairie and is one of the “big four” along with Indiangrass, Little bluestem & Big bluestem. It is a perennial that grows in large clumps, which makes it good for soil erosion. It would be perfect to fill in an unused corner of a lot. Wildlife use Switchgrass for nesting & denning material, & it serves as a larval host for many different butterfly species.
Canada wildrye – Elymus canadensis
Canada wildrye grows in shady spots or openings in the woods. It provides good early grazing for livestock & fair forage for wildlife such as deer. Many species of small mammal & birds eat the grain & use it for nesting material & cover. The seed heads make an attractive accent to a garden. This grass can help fill in those shady spots in your yard where you can’t get other things to grow.
Inland seaoats – Chasmanthium latifolium
This perennial grass loves the shade. It grows along streams & moist woodlands. Seaoats provides excellent forage for wildlife. It makes an attractive ornamental grass for landscaping. This is a good grass to plant in a shady spot for your backyard wildlife habitat. It is a larval host for several varieties of skipper butterflies.
Silver bluestem – Bothriochloa laguroides
Silver bluestem reaches up to 42″ in height & is a warm season perennial bunchgrass. The silver seed heads glisten in the sun when the grass is swaying in the wind on a summer day. This grass would make an attractive accent in a garden, especially in a breezy garden!