State Grasses – The Dakotas and Wyoming

Western Wheatgrass

Western Wheatgrass

The official state grass of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming is western wheatgrass.  It’s a prairie native, and I particularly like the statement from the North Dakota official state website NorthDakota.gov:

tough native prairie grass, once covered nearly all of the state.”

Wow!  It’s hard to believe, but that statement is probably fairly true.  There are pockets of forest here and there in North Dakota, and, of course, there were certainly other species of grasses, but I’m guessing western wheatgrass was predominant, covering the Dakotas, and eastern Wyoming like a shag carpet for countless millennia.

Shag carpet has negative connotations these days, I presume, but I don’t mean it in a negative way at all.  There is nothing more inspiring to me than a long view in the Dakotas, with buttes and hills rising in the unreachable horizon.

It’s bare earth, covered by a carpet, if you will, but there are no walls, no ceiling, and no straight lines to diminish the beauty – The Great Plains at its finest!

Advertisements

About greatplainstrail

Building the Great Plains Trail.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to State Grasses – The Dakotas and Wyoming

  1. JunkChuck says:

    I remember reading that the prairie grass rhizomes were so dense that a cast iron plough wasn’t good enough–a fellow named John Deere built one from steel that could hold an edge sharp enough to cut through…and that the sound of the sod being “busted” was like a loud zipper being tugged open. Always a pleasure, Steve–I learn something every time.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s