The High Line Blog

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    Plant of the Week: Sideoats Grama

    Bouteloua curtipendula, or sideoats grama, is distinguished by tall stems lined with drooping awns that arch gracefully over the rest of its foliage. Photo by Friends of the High LineThe High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after th... read more
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    Plant of the Week: Autumn Moor Grass

    Autumn moor grass (Sesleria autumnalis) forms upright clumps that lend an almost formal element to the High Line’s naturalistic aesthetic. Photo by Friends of the High LineThe High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains st... read more
  • What's that Smell?

    Via christiNYCa's flickr.  If you've been up to the High Line recently, you may have noticed a particular scent coming mostly from Chelsea Grasslands. It's been described as smelling like coriander, a combination of honey and cilantro leaves, or popcorn.   I've also overheard it described, ... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Transparent Tall Purple Moor Grass

    The negative spaces between the thin and airy stems of this grass create a curtain-like effect, providing a mysterious effect. The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the ... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Shenandoah Red Switch Grass

    Shenandoah red switch grass (Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’) is accented by airy reddish-pink panicles in the summer. Photo by Friends of the High Line The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in t... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Prairie Dropseed

    Prairie dropseed is a native grass, known for the distinct scent produced by its seed heads in the late summer. Photo by Cristina Macaya  The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Pink Muhly Grass

    In autumn, the flowers of the pink muhly grass have a feathered, cloud-like appearance. Photo by Friends of the High Line The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Mexican Feather Grass

    Mexican feather grass is flourishing on the High Line after days of spring rain.  The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species o... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Korean Feather Reed Grass

    This beautiful ornamental grass blooms in late summer with feathery pink-tinted panicles that fade to a cream color in the colder months of the year.  The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Brome-like Sedge

    This native sedge displays subtle fluffy blooms this time of year The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, ... read more