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