My favorite seeds

These are probably my favorite seeds, those of the native-to-Missouri grass Chasmanthium latifolium. It has several common names like "northern sea oats", "wood oats", "Indian wood oats", and variations, but I've come to just call it "Chasmanthium".

It's especially wonderful backlit by the morning sun, isn't it?


These heads will persist for months, eventually turning brown when the foliage does in the winter. That's when the trouble starts though, as this guy reseeds like crazy, and those seedlings have some sturdy roots!

I have dozens of this plant growing in my yard now, and I could easily imagine it transforming my lawn into a sea of gently waving foliage.

In fact I don't have to imagine this, because when biking at the nearby Castlewood State Park I saw a huge expanse of this grass growing in a lightly wooded area of the park. It was impressive, but I took it as a warning to make sure I remove lots of these seeds before the start dropping. (I'll leave some for the birds, as I've seen finches eating them before.)

Not sure why I didn't get the camera out to snap a photo of the Chasmanthium sea, but I was probably too preoccupied trying to stay on the bike on a very sandy trail.


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Lisa  – (August 18, 2013 at 8:36 AM)  

It is lovely! I've learned that "native" is frequently the gardening equivalent of "invasive". Few plants that do well in a zone do so in a controlled, mannerly way!

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (August 18, 2013 at 12:18 PM)  

I love this one, too. It's not quite as invasive here but it does reseed, so now I cut it down in the late fall.

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