Aka Sorghastrum Nutans, it is native from American prairies, so I assume it is called indian referring to American indians and not to Indian indians, which is a shame because I use to think this grass eaten by some indian holy cow, shining at the sun, resistant to drought, patient like a Buddha. I’m testing this plant for the first year and I already love it.
It is a pretty tall warm season grass of the Poaceae family, which is a kind of quality mark to me as poaceaes are very tough and easy to grow plants. Leaves are glaucous with a mettalic blue tinge in it. Rough to touch but glistening to the sun it has a very curious pattern too. It has been flowering for a week now, in my new gravel garden (the one that has no gravel yet but I have to distinguish it from the future rose garden, the one with yet no roses and other part of the garden like that…) and I think it is going to last for a little while.
Indian grass is supposed to set beautiful orange colors in fall. I can’t wait to see it! I am pretty curious about the way the flowerheads will dry and stand in winter. I’ll let you know.
A plant I am rather unhappy with is panicum virgatum ‘Warrior’ instead. I mean, I love it but most probably I planted it in the wrong place. It will grow much bigger next year and the ‘curtain’ I’ve planned behind an echinacea block risk to become a real menace. I realized it seeing how the other p.v. ‘Warrior’ fell open under some recent rain.
Now it seems the perfect height but it will grow larger and taller next year. So I now have 5 big plants I shall move somewhere. The grass itself is beautiful though, so I think I will move it to the rose garden, or under the willows as it seems to be rather drought tolerant. I must decide what to plant instead of this panicum. I could chose a similar but more compact one like ‘Shenandoah’ rather than going with classical calamagrostis x acutiflora. The echinaceas block I’ve planted is performing pretty well and plants have established very quickly. They are ‘Baby pink swan’ and ‘Prairie Splendour’, this latter has like some huge flowers they should have called it ‘Chernobyl Splendour’ but it probably doesn’t sound that politically correct…
Some of you may have noticed I changed the blog theme. I’m still bothered but I’d like to post bigger pictures so I think I might stick with this new style.
Tomorrow is a big day here in Cà Rossa. We have 20ish people coming for lunch, they’re from an italian gardening forum, some of us organize a kind of ‘open garden day’ at some point of the year and people comes with wine or food or cakes and we have lunch together. I’ve been planning this thing for a while now and I hope everything will be ok. Most of the garden is still under construction, as well as the house but I don’t care that much, they’re going to be surprised anyway, I think, and they will be even more surprised by next year!! Wish me good luck!