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Grasses

Type Botanical Name Native Common Name Description Height Light Req. Zone Add to My List
Grass CALAMAGROSTIS brachytricha Korean Feather Reed Grass

Fluffy tawny pink plumes in Sept. fade to tan. Great fall accent. Reseeds.

3-4 feet Sun 4
Grass CALAMAGROSTIS x acutiflora ‘Avalanche’ Feather Reed Grass

Attractive variegated cultivar with white-centered blades edged in green.

4-5 feet Sun 4
Grass CALAMAGROSTIS x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ Feather Reed Grass

Upright clump-forming habit with lasting summer flower plumes.

4-5 feet Sun 4
Grass CAREX appalachica Appalachian Sedge

Very fine hair-like foliage in a tidy arching clump.  Excellent for dry shade.

12-14 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Grass CAREX eburnea Bristle Leaf Sedge

A petite grass that forms spherical mounds of fine green foliage.

6-10 inches Part Shade/Shade 3
Grass CAREX elata ‘Bowles Golden’ Golden Sedge

One of the best golden leaved “grasses”. Blades have a narrow green margin and fountain into an upright vase shape. Best in moist sites.

16-18 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Grass CAREX flacca ‘Blue Zinger’ Blue Sedge

Mats of blue-gray narrow foliage are long-lived and adaptable.

8-16 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Grass CAREX muskingumensis ‘Oehme’ Variegated Palm Sedge

Glossy green palm-like foliage with narrow gold edge.

18-20 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Grass CAREX oshimensis ‘Everglow’ Evercolor Sedge

Cream edging of the evergreen, arching foliage becomes orange from autumn into the spring. Habit is compact and mounding.

12-18 inches Sun/Part Shade 5
Grass CAREX pensylvanica Pennsylvania Sedge

A tough native grass with fine-textured, arching green foliage.

8-10 inches Part Shade/Shade 3
Grass CHASMANTHIUM latifolium Northern Sea Oats

Bamboo-like with light green blades which bear oat-like seed heads.

30-36 inches Sun 5
Grass Cyperus albostriatus ‘Variegatus’ Umbrella Grass

Foliage is striped with white streaks. Grows best in moist to wet soil.

12-14 inches Sun/Part Shade Tropical
Grass DESCHAMPSIA caespitosa ‘Goldgehaenge’ Tufted Hair Grass

Evergreen tufts to 12″ with golden yellow inflorescences held above the foliage.

30-36 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Grass DESCHAMPSIA flexuosa Wavy Hair Grass

This diminutive grass thrives in dry shade. Fine-textured and delicate in appearance, it is tough and drought tolerant In spring it is topped with graceful feathery flowers.

12-14 inches Part Shade 4
Grass FESTUCA ‘Cool as Ice’ Blue Fescue

Tufts of soft gray-green foliage turn blue in summer.  Improved heat tolerance. Needs well-drained soil.

12-18 inches Sun 4
Grass FESTUCA glauca ‘Blue Whiskers’ Blue Fescue

More vigorous than Festuca ‘Elijah Blue’ this cultivar has longer, brighter blue leaf blades.

10-12 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Grass HAKONECHLOA macra ‘All Gold’ Japanese Forest Grass

A cultivar with bright metallic gold foliage and more upright habit. The reddish inflorescence in the fall adds color and grace.

12-24 inches Part Shade 4
Grass HAKONECHLOA macra ‘Aureola’ Japanese Forest Grass

Low, arching bamboo-like foliage of yellow with a green line. One of the best grasses for shade. Spreads slowly.

12-14 inches Part Shade 4
Grass HAKONECHLOA macra ‘Sunflare’ Japanese Forest Grass

A sport of H. ‘All Gold’ with chartreuse gold foliage tipped in crimson.   Becomes more orange and burgundy in the fall.

16-18 inches Part Shade 5
Grass HAKONECHLOA macra ‘Albovariegata’ Japanese Forest Grass

A rare white-striped form of Japanese forest grass that is taller and more upright-growing than H. ‘Aureola’.

18-20 inches Part Shade 4
Grass HELICTOTRICHON sempervirens Blue Oat Grass

Spiny stiff foliage radiating from a central point forms an attractive blue clump.

22-24 inches Sun 4
Grass JUNCUS inflexus Lovesick Blues’ Blue Rush

Grass-like mounds of blue-gray triangular stems. Great for wet sites. Discovered at Plant Delights Nursery.

12-14 inches Sun 4
Grass LUZULA sylvatica ‘Solar Flair’ Greater Wood Rush

Excellent grass-like plant for shade. Semi-evergreen foliage is bright yellow-green.  Prefers moisture, but will tolerate dryness.

12-14 inches Part Shade
Grass LUZULA sylvatica ‘Surprise’ Greater Wood Rush

Grass-like shade plant with foliage variegated in cream. New shoots almost entirely white!  Semi-evergreen.  Prefers moist soils, but quite tolerant of drier conditions.

12-14 inches Part Shade
Grass MISCANTHUS floridulus ‘Giganteus’ Giant Silver Grass

Impressive 8’-10′ grass with silver plumes in October.

8-10 feet Sun 5
Grass MISCANTHUS sinensis ‘Purpurascens’ Maiden Grass

Green foliage turns red at the end of summer. Plumes up early. Very hardy.

4-6 feet Sun 4
Grass MOLINiA arundinacea Skyracer’ Purple Moor Grass

Dramatic tall grass with airy yellow-gold seed heads and gold foliage in fall. Plumes to 6 feet.

4-6 feet Sun 4
Grass MOLINiA caerulea ‘Moorhexe’ Purple Moor Grass

Slender brownish-purple seedheads in late summer. Finely textured. Foliage turns golden in fall.

30-36 inches Sun 4
Grass MOLINiA caerulea ‘Strahlenquelle’ Purple Moor Grass

Green foliage only grows to 24” tall, but the golden flower plumes spire to 48”. The whole plant turns gold in the fall.

2-4 feet Sun 4
Grass MOLINiA caerulea ‘Variegata’ Variegated Moor Grass

Clumps of brightly variegated cream and green blades. Flowers attractive and plant looks good all season. One of our favorites.

14-16 inches Sun 4
Grass Molinia ‘Edith Dudszus’ Moor Grass

Black flower stems rise over the fine foliage. Airy flowers move in the breeze.

24-30 inches Sun 4
Grass PANICUM ‘Ruby Ribbons’ Red Switch Grass

Metallic blue foliage with red overtones turns a beautiful wine-red as the weather cools.

4-6 feet Sun 4
Grass PANICUM virgatum ‘Cheyenne Sky’ Red Switch Grass

Vase shaped form and wine-red foliage in late summer along with deep red flowers spikes makes this grass stand out!

36-42 inches 4
Grass PANICUM virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’ Blue Switch Grass

Striking steel-blue foliage with reddish brown plumes in fall. Upright habit.

3-4 feet Sun 4
Grass PANICUM virgatum ‘Northwind’ Switch Grass

Wide olive-green foliage makes a strong vertical accent topped in September with narrow plumes.

4-5 feet Sun 4
Grass PANICUM virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ Red Switch Grass

Red-tipped foliage appears in spring followed by reddish-pink flower panicles in summer. Foliage deepens to burgundy in the fall.

2-4 feet Sun 4
Annual PENNISETUM purpureum ‘Vertigo’ Red Fountain Grass

An upright form with wide, deep green foliage that matures to dark purple.  Large and dramatic!

4-8 feet Tropical
Annual PENNISETUM setaceum ‘Fireworks’ Red Fountain Grass

A variegated form of red fountain grass with dark green blades stiped pink to dark purple.

2-4 feet Sun/Part Shade Tropical
Annual PENNISETUM setaceum ‘Rubrum’ Red Fountain Grass

Striking burgundy grass with rosy plumes. Lasts well into fall.

2-3 feet Sun/Part Shade Tropical
Grass SCHIZACHYRIUM scoparium ‘Smoke Signal’ Little Bluestem

Upright blue-green foliage turns scarlet in late summer deepening to red purple through the fall.

3-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Grass SCHIZACHYRIUM scoparium ‘Standing Ovation’ Little Bluestem

A thick-stemmed form that will not flop. Blue foliage turns red and orange in the fall.

3-4 feet Sun 3
Grass SCHIZACHYRIUM scoparium ‘Twilight Zone’ Little Bluestem

Blue-green foliage begins to turn to purple in midsummer and deepens further in the fall.  Habit is upright and narrow.

48-54 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Grass SPODIOPOGON sibiricus Silver Spike Grass

Dark green bamboo-like foliage topped by silver spikes Jul-Oct. Strong horizontal lines. Red fall foliage if grown in full sun.

4-6 feet Sun 3
Grass Sporobolis heterolepsis Prairie Dropseed

Clump forming native grass with arching very fine foliage. the blades turn golden with orange tints in fall and fading to light bronze in winter.

14-16 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Grass SPOROBOLUS heterolepis Prairie Dropseed

Fine-textured arching green blades form attractive mounds. Orange fall color. Seed heads in airy panicles.

20-22 inches Sun 3