Chapter 3. Common Native Grasses of the Northern Midwest

3.11 Junegrass

Junegrass in flower.
Junegrass in flower.

Koeleria macrantha

Cool season; Perennial

Characteristics: 28–36”; irregular; foliage blue gray; flowers light green to beige

Growing Conditions: average to dry soils; full sun to light shade; hardy zones 3–8

Native to dry prairies, this grass grows in irregular tufts or bunches. It may be short-lived, especially in heavy soils. Good for septic mounds, dry gravely soils, dry slopes, and low maintenance lawns. Can tolerate foot traffic and mowing.

No nativars are currently available. The plant is not widely available yet, but can be found at native garden centers.

Species that feed on Junegrass according to the literature are tawny-edged skipper (Polites themistocles), Blake’s tiger moth (Grammia blakei), Assiniboia skipper (Hesperia assiniboia), Dakota skipper (Hesperia dacotae), and Garita skipperling (Oarisma garita).


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Gardening with Native Grasses in Cold Climates by Diane M. Narem and Mary Hockenberry Meyer is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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