Marcie Forsberg's Top Plant Recommendation: Favorite Grasses for Minnesota and Surrounding Areas.
Little Bluestem - Schizachyrium scoparium
Little Bluestem grass is a mid size grass reaching 2-3 feet tall. Gorgeous en mass, orange fall color, and great winter interest. This plant is perfect for erosion control on a slope in a dry, sunny area. The birds love the seed and habitat it provides. A MN native grass.
Indian Grass - Sorghastrum nutans
Indian grass. Give this plant lots of room and plant en masse. Another MN native grass, this grass will reach 5 to 6 feet tall and works well in a large area paired with Big Bluestem grass. Beautiful yellow pollen in the spring. The birds love the seed and habitat.
Big Bluestem Grass - Andropogon gerardii
Big Bluestem grass. A MN native that gets as tall as the above grass. Great for a wetter area, although it is drought tolerant. I use this grass in upland lakeshore restoration plantings with Indian grass.
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'
A great grass for a vertical, architectural look. This grass stays in place, is about 4 feet tall with a light colored seed head. Perfect for MN where winter interest is needed.
Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’
Variegated Japanese Forest grass. Although often labeled as zone 5, this grass has always come back for me in zone 4. I love the contrast of the chartreuse foliage, works well in shade, and drought tolerant.