Ornamental Grasses For Minnesota

M. Hockenberry Meyer, D. B. White, H. Pellett
1994 Journal of environmental horticulture  
One hundred and sixty-five (165) species and cultivars of ornamental grasses and grass-like plants were investigated to determine winter survival in USDA Zone 4a from 1987 to 1993 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen, MN. Eighty-five (85) entries survived and performed well all six years and are considered hardy under the conditions of the experiment. Additionally, 35 entries survived four or five of the six years and are considered marginally hardy. The remaining 45 entries
more » ... 45 entries survived no more than two winters and are not hardy in zone 4a. Hardiness varied within species of Miscanthus sinensis Anderss. and Pennisetum alopecuroides (L.) Spreng..Saccharum ravennae (L.) Murray, synonym (Erianthus ravennae); Imperata cylindrica L. 'Red Baron'; and Chasmanthium latifolium (Mic.)Yat. were not considered hardy. Some popular genera such as Calamagrostis, Deschampsia, Molinia, and Spodiopogon were reliably hardy throughout the years of the investigation.
doi:10.24266/0738-2898-12.3.159 fatcat:2lkvc6utmvbyjn7rptl7e4xnk4