I have an large hilly area which needs some “native” seed to prevent erosion. My goal is use a native grass species that grows well in the area and does not require ongoing irrigation, fertilizer or mowing. I found what I believe is a native plant that could be an ideal candidate the area being replanted is contiguous to this.
Can you help identify this native grass? Can you provide guidance on replanting?
I cannot be certain which grass this is. From this photo it could be an Eragrostis or a Muhlenbergia, either of which would be a good native grass in your area. It could also be an equally good Sporobolus. I need to see close-ups of the seed heads for a better guess. If you are transplanting it, plant it when it is cool and wet, but I’m not sure what other guidance I could give you. Most grasses are grown from seed which would be collected when the tops are dry and full of seeds.
Dr. Steven Hill, Botanist, SCNPS