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Oh, those native grasses

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Here’s a native grass, Schizachyrium scoparium, that’s known as little bluestem. That color name aside, slender sections of this grass often turn red in the fall. This picture, which I sat on the ground and leaned over to take, is from the same October 29 session in northwest Austin that brought you the photograph of a ladies’ tresses orchid.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 28, 2012 at 6:13 AM

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  1. The sandstone barrens on my rural property is little bluestem dominant. I never knew it could look like that. Beautiful!


    November 28, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    • I think it was about three or four autumns ago when I first noticed the bits of bright color that can appear in little bluestem. You’d probably have to look closely (which I do with my macro lens), but if you get the chance, check it out and see if you can find some of that color.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 28, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      • Mine is dried and seeded now. The botanists would collected seeds from mine and said best to do before Thanksgiving. So, I’ll have to wait. Darn.


        November 28, 2012 at 5:28 PM

  2. I’m just learning to appreciate grasses. As a fellow who was splayed out with his camera on the Kansas prairie said, “Grass is more than something to mow”.

    This looks like an earth/sky combination. The background’s amazingly like the aurora borealis – something else on my list of hope-to-sees.


    December 1, 2012 at 6:39 AM

    • It’s harder to get to know and appreciate grasses than other wildflowers, yet grasses have flowers, too. It can also be difficult to tell some grasses apart, and more so sedges, which also have their appeal. I wholeheartedly agree with your quotation that “Grass is more than something to mow.”

      Change Kansas to Texas in your second sentence, and the fellow splayed out on the prairie could easily be me (though the splaying is often anything but easy, given the prickliness of the Texas prairie).

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 1, 2012 at 9:02 AM

  3. […] of the nightshade, while the tan stalks and slender brown leaves are from a native grass known as little bluestem, Schizachyrium […]

  4. This photo is relaxing !


    January 10, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    • Now that’s an original comment: I don’t know that I’ve ever heard of someone calling a grass (or a picture of a grass) relaxing.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 10, 2013 at 2:09 PM

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