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Steppe Collection

The Steppe biome is a dry, cold, grassland that is found in all of the continents except Australia and Antarctica. It is mostly found in the USA, Mongolia, Siberia, Tibet and China. Steppe regions are located away from the ocean and close to mountain barriers and therefore have low humidity.

Sub Collections:

  • Asian Steppe: Plants which are naturally occurring in the vast central region of the Asian continent.
  • South American Steppe: Plants which are naturally occurring in very small areas of South America (very few in our collection).
  • African Steppe: Plants which are naturally occurring in very small areas of Africa, predominantly South Africa (few in collection).
  • North American Steppe: Plants which are naturally occurring in a large central area of North America.

Collections Content:

Number of Accessions 883
Number of Taxa 504
Number of Genera 163
Number of Families 52
Number of Species 469
Number of subspecies, varieties, cultivars 35
Number of Wild Collected Species 89

 

There are a high number of families represented in our Steppe collection. In total there are 52 families within three garden spaces. Since Asian steppe plants have evolved to thrive in climates similar to Denver’s, Asian steppe plants often exhibit a propensity to thrive in our gardens. True steppe plants are drought, sun and wind tolerant and serve to expand the plant palette for dryland garden design. They are often easy to care for and need little supplemental water.