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The following publications are available and include posters, extension articles, and blog posts, all developed to increase consumer awareness of the benefits of native grasses. Click on the thumbnail or underlined text to access the documents for download. 

A publication in the Journal of Lepidoptera shows the associations of native grasses and specific Lepidoptera. 
Published in December 2017 by Diane Narem and Mary H. Meyer 
 Native Prairie Graminoid Host Plants of Minnesota and Associated Lepidoptera: A Literature Review. 

       Native Grass eBook    The eBook Gardening with Native Grasses in Cold Climates and a Guide to the Butterflies they Support is available free to download through the iBooks store. 

      native grasses and butterflies handout  The Native Grasses Benefit Butterflies and Moths handout is available as a PDF. 

   butterfly and moth presentation thumbnail The Benefits of Native Grasses to Butterflies and Moths Powerpoint slide presentation.  

    30 grasses for 30 tough sites thumbnail     Grasses: 30 Special Features and Uses.

  Native grasses and associated lepidoptera poster thumbnail   Native Grasses and Associated Lepidoptera is available as a PDF poster. 

      native grasses in the landscape poster photo     Using Native Grasses in the Landscape is available as a PDF poster.

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Ornamental Grasses for Cold Climates is a 55-page publication of the University of Minnesota Extension and can be purchased from the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. 

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This Native Grass Guide is a summary of common native grasses with a chart for quick information. 


Supporting Minnesota Butterflies with Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) from Yard and Garden News June 2016.

Restoring Prairie in Your Landscape with Native Grasses by Elizabeth Carls 

Prairie Dropseed in Your Landscape by Elizabeth Carls

The Benefits of Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) in Your Landscape by Elizabeth Carls 

Supporting Minnesota Butterflies with Prairie Corgrass (Spartina pectinata) in Your Landscape by Elizabeth Carls