One of the landscape changes of recent years is the steady return of wild-looking grass where previously there were endless, weedless swards of emerald green lawn.  The more varied it is, the more I wonder how many insects and small creatures live there relatively safely.  ‘Andropogon’ is a widespread genus of the grass family with over 100 species.

‘It is a very handsome, wild-looking grass, well enough called Indian grass, and I should have named it with other andropogons.’   6 Sep 1858

Source: Henry David Thoreau, The Journal 1837-1861, Damion Searls (ed.), preface by John R. Stilgoe (New York: New York Review Books, 2009), p. 514

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