Known as ". . . the hair of Mother Earth" grasses appear on every continent. There are varieties suitable for arctic conditions, tropical jungles, deserts, swamps, good soil and bad soil. They can be tall, short, green, variegated, yellow and even black. Some are clump growers, some are stoloniferous. They are remarkably undemanding if planted where they are suited to be. They require little maintenance and are pest free. In short the perfect plants for the gardeners of today.

Acorus calamus 'Variegata' (Variegated Japanese Sweet Flag)

An evergreen glass-like plant with glossy, dark green leaves variegated with a vertical creamy yellow-white stripe. Leaves are 1/2" wide and grow to 3'-4' tall. The foliage arises from slowly spreading, non-invasive rhizomes. It will grow in full sun or light shade but must be kept moist. Excellent subject for container planting. Hardy zone 7 to 10.

Acorus 'Ogon's Gold'

Acorus gramineus 'Ogon's Gold' (Golden Variegated Sweet Flag)

A low-growing perennial. The thin iris-like foliage, variegated longitudinally with bright butter yellow stripes, forms in fan-like clusters to 6-12 inches tall. The inconspicuous flower spathes are 2-8 inches long. This plant spreads by rhizomes but is not invasive. It is an excellent foliage plant for the waterside edge or shallow ponds. Useful massed or as an accent; use it to lighten a dark area of a pond. Plant in full sun to shade to part-shade. Hardy to zone 6.

Acorus gramineus 'Minimus Aureus' (Dwarf Golden Sweet Flag)

One of the most striking and certainly the cutest of the sweet flags, this dwarf golden form makes a slowly spreading tuft of tiny golden evergreen grass-like foliage. A. 'Minimus Aureus' makes a bright little groundcover in moist areas or as a feature between stepping stones... a real highlight in the woodland garden. Part Sun to Light Shade.  Zone: 5.  3" tall.

Ammophila breviligulata (Cape American Beach Grass)

Essential to the character of eastern sandy beaches and dunes. The ultimate erosion control for sandy soil and exposed locations. A wide bladed grass with rhizomatous habit. Grows 18-24". Hardy zone 5.

Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' (stricta) (Feather Reed Grass)

A columnar, cool season, medium-sized, early-blooming ornamental grass; known for its late spring inflorescence, winter effect, and vertical architectural lines. It is one of the first grasses to come out of winter dormancy. The plumes appear in June and can be enjoyed through the winter. The distinctive vertical lines are a real asset. It is very winter hardy to zone 4a which makes this plant a winner for most residents of the USA. This grass looks great in several clumps, and makes an excellent accent or background plant. Plants in containers make attractive specimens and survive most winters without protection. This plant was selected in Germany by the late famous horticulturist Karl Foerster. Hardy zone 5.

Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Overdam' (Variegated Feather Reed Grass)

Very attractive with white-variegated foliage forming an arching clump. Clusters of wand-like flower spikes reaching 36" tall, emerge pink-tinged in June, then dry to a gold color through the rest of the growing season. An excellent, cool season grass which is very effective when planted in groups. Hardy to zone 5.

Calamagrostis arundinacea 'Brachytricha' (Korean Feather Reed Grass)

This medium green clumping grass is a rather tidy plant, flowering in late August, early September. Grows to 4' tall and has refined looking pinkish-white plumes atop established clumps. The color gives way to a bronze tone that remains throughout the fall. Feather reed grass is a fabulous accent plant, or great for dried arrangements, one of the best and least known! Hardy to zone 5.

Carex buchananii (Leatherleaf Sedge)

An unusual plant popular with designers because of its great contrast capabilities. Tufted and erect in growth, the narrow foliage is copper-bronze colored twelve months of the year. A great contrast plant that grows to 2' tall and does best in full sun. Hardy to zone 6.

Carex Beatlemania Carex caryophyllea 'Beatlemania' (Spring Sedge)

Makes a deep green mop with narrow foliage to 6 inches in height. Low groundcover which is evergreen in warmer climates. Hardy to Zone 5.

Carex comans 'Bronze' (Bronze New Zealand Hairy Sedge)

A clumping New Zealand native to 12” with dense, fine textured bronzy-brown foliage. Grows well in moist soil in full sun to part shade. Zone 7 .

Carex comans 'Frosted Curls' Carex comans 'Frosted Curls' (Frosty Curled Sedge)

Silver white evergreen foliage with a slight curl. Height 18-24 inches, Clump Forming Full Sun to Partial Shade Zone. 7

Carex flacca Carex flacca (Glaucous Sedge)

A tough adaptable spreading 12” groundcover with glaucous-blue foliage that is easily grown under most conditions in sun or shade. Zone 4 .

Carex glauca (Blue Sedge)

A beautiful silver-blue sedge growing only 6-24" tall. Flowers appear in late spring. Strongly rhizomatous, slow but steady growth. Useful as a groundcover. Drought tolerant. Prefers full sun to partial shade. Hardy to zone 4.

Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance' Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance' (Korean Sedge)

A carpet forming sedge. 1/2 inch wide, thick leathery foliage. Strong cream colored margins running down the blade. A very attractive sedge with uniform clumps. Makes a great addition to anyone's garden.  Hardy to Zone 5.

Carex oshimensis 'Evergold' (Japanese Sedge)

A low clump grower with attractive creamy-yellow and green foliage. Especially effective in masses. It can be grown in full sun to part shade in moist, well-drained soil. Hardy to zone 6.

Carex siderosticha 'Island Brocade'

Lush, low growing Japanese sedge with broad blades of lime green edged in gold. A glorious ground cover with softly haired foliage that is almost velvety to the touch.
12 in. Sun, Part Shade. Zone: 6

Carex testacea Carex testacea (Orange New Zealand Sedge)

Clump forming, fine textured mound of foliage.  Grows to 15 inches in height. Copper-brown foliage throughout the summer, adding orange hints during the winter. Great border sedge.  Enjoys moisture, and good drainage.  Hardy Zone 6.

Chasmanthium latifolium (Northern Sea Oats)

Grows in loose, upright clumps. The deciduous foliage is light green in sun, but a deep green in the shade. In the fall, the leaves change to a copper color. The showy inflorescence is a drooping, flat spike of oat-like seed heads appearing in late July. Like the foliage, they mature to a copper color. The bamboo-like appearance creates a very interesting, somewhat tropical effect. Grows to 2-3'. Prefers full sun or partial shade. Hardy to zone 5.

Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldehange'

Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldehange' (Golden Pendant Tufted Hair Grass)

A clump grower with bright yellow pendulous inflorescences that open in June. Attractive by itself but especially effective in masses. Tolerant of shade, but a better bloomer in full sun. Hardy to zone 4.

Eragrostis trichodes

Eragrostis trichodes (Sandlove Grass)

A cool season, clumping grass with medium green foliage growing 1-2 ft. tall and spreading 18-24 inches wide. Inflorescences in July and early August. Bears large, nodding panicles of amethyst pink flowers that almost obscure the foliage throughout the summer. This is a stunning accent plant and the flowers are wonderful dried and in fresh arrangement material. Drought tolerant. For hardy zones 5-9.

Festuca glauca 'Boulder Blue' (Blue Fescue)

Unique texture. Bright metallic blue growing to 8" tall. Prefers full Sun and is hardy to zone 4.

Festuca glauca 'Elijah's Blue' (Blue Fescue)

A smaller and tighter medium textured blue fescue that grows to only 8-10 inches tall with strong silver-blue color. Compact and tufted. The buff color flowers on 15 inch stems, appear in early summer. This has proven to be one of the most popular fescues because of its size and tidy appearance through the summer. Excellent as a groundcover. Hardy to zone 5.

Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' (Golden Variegated Hakone Grass)

A very attractive, low-growing grass. Deep shade turns the variegation to a lime-green color. Give it more sun, and it will be a charming bright gold. Cool temperatures will bring out small hues of pink and red. Only grows to 14". Grows a bit slower than the straight species. Zone 6.

Helictotrichon sempervirens (Blue Oat Grass)

This tall blue-gray evergreen is a strictly clump forming grass from Europe. One of our most popular grasses. Its foliage radiates out from the center to form a bristling round dome of foliage reaching 2 feet tall. Delicate inflorescences appear in late spring and are erect and high above the foliage. Use as an accent plant or in mass plantings. Moderately drought tolerant. Plant in full sun to light shade in a well drained soil. Hardy to zone 5.

helictosapphire.jpg_t.jpg Helictotrichon sempervirens 'Sapphire' ( Blue Oat Grass )

The blades of this selection are much finer and slightly bluer than the type. Full grown plants are also slightly smaller in scale. This is a very useful, drought-tolerant, evergreen grass that holds its own as a specimen plant but is especially attractive in mass plantings. Early Summer bloom. Tawny flowers Sun, Part Shade Zone 4.

Hierchloa oderata Hierchloa oderata (Sweet Grass, Vanilla Grass)

Native to wetland sites in North America. Native Americans gave it the name of Seneca Grass. Grows to 2 feet in height when in flower. Grows well in sun to part shade. Crush the foliage for a strong sweet fragrance. Native Americans used for making fragrant baskets. Hardy to Zone 4.

Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron' (Japanese Blood Grass)

A slowly spreading grass originating in Japan.  Remarkable red foliage puts this grass near the top of many people's favorite list. Growing to about 20" tall, the foliage starts out green at the base and red at the tips. As the season goes on, the red will increase throughout the foliage, and becoming solid beauty in the late summer and autumn. Enjoys moist, fertile soil in full sun.  Zone 6.

Juncus effusus 'Frenzy' (Variegated Corkscrew Rush)

Variegated A very compact plant with curly leaves that have yellow and green variegation with pink stripes. ZONE: - 5  Height: 6" to 8"

Juncus effusus 'Unicorn' (Giant Spiral Rush)

This is a steroidally enhanced version of the smaller corkscrew rushes but what an enhancement it is! The 18" tall dark green heavily spiraled stems make a stunning attention-getting specimen. J. 'Unicorn' grows best in a moist garden site or as a marginal aquatic. Sun to Part Sun Zone: 4-9 18" tall.

Juncus effusus 'Spiralis'

Juncus effusus (Corkscrew Rush)

The new foliage emerges as tight coils, uncoiling as it grows to become a clump and shooting out its coiled, dark green, round stems in all directions. Growing about 2 feet tall and wide, this evergreen rush is at home in moist soils or directly in water planted up to 4" deep. Performs best in full sun but will tolerate considerable shade. Slow to establish. Popular in dried arrangements. Hardy to zone 5.

Koeleria glauca (Large Blue Hair Grass)

A semi-evergreen grass with silvery-blue foliage, and shiny spike-like panicles blooming in early summer. Grows to 2 feet tall. Used in mass plantings for their attractive flowers or as specimen plants in shady areas of a rock garden. Hardy zone 6.

Leymus arenarius 'Blue Dune'

Leymus arenarius 'Blue Dune' (European Dune Grass)

A bright blue, wide bladed grass with vigorous stoloniferous growth habit. Does well in sandy soil and is excellent for erosion control. A good substitute for American Beach Grass. Hardy to zone 5.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio' Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio'-2 (Adagio Dwarf Japanese Silver Grass)

A superb dwarf miscanthus growing to 3-4’ with fine foliage and abundant white flowers opening with pinkish tints. Strictly clump-forming and best grown in sun in moist, well-drained soil. Zone 6.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Cabaret' (Variegated Japanese Silver Grass)

One of the boldest, and most spectacular of all the Miscanthus. Leaves are cream white in the center with wide dark green margins. A very exciting new cultivar that grows to 6 feet tall. Flowering stems are often suffused with pink in late summer and autumn. This is a sturdy and upright growing plant, making a dramatic statement in any garden. Tolerates light shade. Hardy to zone 6.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Giganteus' (Giant Chinese Silver Grass)

Grows to 10'-12' by early summer; fall plumes add more height; golden fall color
Zone: 5.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus' (Maiden Grass)

One of the oldest cultivars. A large grass reaching 6 ft. tall with a thin leaf blade, giving it a finer texture than the other Miscanthus. Its fan shaped inflorescence opens pink in September and gradually fades to a golden brown, making it attractive throughout the winter. Quite useful as a background plant or as a specimen planting. Fall foliage turns orange in cool climates. Hardy to zone 5.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light' (Variegated Maiden Grass)

This variety has a narrow blade and fine texture similar to Maiden grass but with a variegation that is not pronounced and lends a soft pale appearance to the plant. Blooms late with reddish flowers. Growing to 5'. A good accent plant. Plant in full sun to bring out its best color. Hardy to zone 5.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Puenktchen' Miscanthus sinensis 'Puenktchen' (Little Dot)

This variety has banded variegation similar to 'Strictus' with leaves even more stiffly held and lower growing. Very spiky texture. Zone 5.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Silberfeder' (Silver Feather Maiden Grass)

A tall, clump forming grass which is distinguished by its large, silver, feathery plumes. The silky, silvery flowers appear in late August or early September and are borne well above the foliage, reaching to 7'. They dry to a buff color after many weeks. Course, 3/4" wide, green foliage grows in large, upright arching clumps. A striking specimen or screen plant. Hardy to zone 6.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Silberpfeil' (Silver Arrow Variegated Maiden Grass)

Practically identical to the antique cultivar, 'Variegata'. Strongly red tinted panicles put on a fire work display above graceful, variegated foliage. Plant gets to about 7 feet in height and is hardy to a Zone 5.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus' (Variegated Maiden Grass)


Molinia caerulea 'Skyracer' (Tall Moor Grass)

An interesting variety with the clump only reaching 15-18" and unusually tall plumes 7-8' shooting out in early summer. Beautiful yellow fall color. Prefers full sun. Hardy to zone 5.

Molinia caerulea 'Variegata'

Molinia caerulea 'Variegata' (Variegated Purple Moor Grass)

This variegated variety of Molinia caerulea is a popular choice. The open clumps have long pointed blades of white and green variegated foliage, and small dark brown to purple seed heads in June that gradually fade to black. Growing to only18" tall. Hardy zone 5.

Muhlenbergia capillaris (Pink Muhly Grass)

A beautiful grass from south-eastern United States with stunning pink, delicate flowering panicles that hover above the fine textured olive-green foliage. The foliage of this grass reaches to nearly 2 feet tall with the flowers topping 3 feet. The flowers first appear in September and remain pink for over a month, slowly aging towards brown into winter. Although this grass comes from moister habitats, it is surprisingly drought resistant. Looks best with an occasional watering. Prefers full sun or light shade. Hardy to zone 6.

Nassella tenuissima (Formerly Stipa tenuissima) (Mexican Feather Grass)

Among the finest of all ornamental grasses. A fine textured clumping grass which occurs naturally from Texas to New Mexico south through Central America to Chile. This grass forms wispy tufts to 2 ft tall and has wide bright green thread-like leaves. In mid-summer the soft plume-like flower spikes form, rising only slightly above the foliage. It is both drought resistant and cold hardy to zone 6.

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Ebony Knight' (Black Mondo Grass)

Nearly jet black leaves make this a most unique specimen. Evergreen perennial, slow grower, reaching 8 inches tall, with a 12 inch spread. Pale pink flowers are followed by black fruit. Regular to ample water, prefers moist, well drained soil. White or lilac blossom in summer followed by black fruit. Prefers partial shade. Hardy to zone 5.

Panicum virgatum 'Dallas Blue' (Blue Switch Grass)

Amongst the most stunning forms. Upright grower with a powder blue foliage. Topped in early fall with stunning large plumes of reddish-purple flowers which appear distinct in layers. Grows to 5' tall. Prefers full Sun. Hardy to zone 4.

Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'-PS (Heavy Metal Switch Grass)

This variety has stiff metallic blue leaves and forms a tight upright clump turns bright yellow in the fall. Flowers grow 30-45cm above foliage and plants remain upright throughout winter.  Zone: 3
Panicum virgatum 'Northwind (Upright Switch Grass)

From Roy Diblik of Northwind Perennial Farm comes another fabulously different selection of our native switch grass...yes, it is completely different. The wide, olive-green foliage makes the strongest vertical accent of any of the switch grasses that we have grown. This vigorous grower is topped in September with attractive narrow plumes, held incredibly erect atop the foliage. Everyone who sees this rates Sun Zone: 4-9 60" tall.

Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Sky' (Blue Switch Grass)

Stiffly upright metallic-blue foliage. Very similar in growth habit to P. 'Heavy Metal', but taller with less rigid habit, and more powdery blue. In late summer billowing plumes of amber brown top the clump. Hardy to zone 5.

Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah' (Red Switch Grass)

Unmatched for burgundy fall color. Leaves are green in early summer, taking on dark red tones by July and turning wholly wine-colored by September. Approximately 4 ft tall with flower. Hardy to zone 5.

Pennisetum alopecuroides (Fountain Grass)

Graceful foliage with distinctive flower spikes in July that follow the same weeping vase shaped lines. The seed heads are cylindrical spikes 4-5 inches long and 2 inches in diameter. Dense hair-like structures flow outward from each spikelet. A tufted clump grower reaching 3-4'. On dewy mornings, Fountain Grass is especially beautiful with droplets of moisture held at the end of each hair. An exquisite plant. Hardy to zone 5.

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln' (Dwarf Fountain Grass)

A lower growing fountain grass reaching 24" tall. Masses of buff colored inflorescences cover this plant July through September. Fine textured leaves. Prefers full sun. Hardy to zone 5.

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Little Bunny' (Miniature Fountain Grass)

A true miniature, growing to only 12" when in bloom. Flowers in August. Inflorescence lighter colored than species and is held above the foliage. Excellent used in mass plantings and rock gardens. Hardy to zone 5.

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Moudry' (Black Fountain Grass)

This lush grass grows in a clump to 2 feet tall with rich glossy leaves 1/2 to 3/4 inches wide. Blooms September to November, flowers appear black. Expect seedlings of this plant in an irrigated garden. Hardy to zone 5.

Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty' (Millet) Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty' (Millet)

This 2003 All-America Selections Gold Medal Winner offers an ornamental, 4 to 5-ft. (1.2 to 1.5-m) variety with deep purple foliage, stems and flower plumes. A striking backdrop plant and excellent choice for mass plantings and borders, ‘Purple Majesty’ produces one to three main stems with cattail-like flower plumes, each 12 to 14 in. (30 to 35 cm) long. Secondary, 24-in. (60-cm) shoots may appear on some plants. Young plants are green, but foliage turns dark purple when plants are moved from the greenhouse outside to full sun. Well-suited to 4-in. (10-cm) and gallon (8-in./20-cm standard pot) programs. Available only in North America.

Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose'

This elegant new 3' "Fountain Grass" forms a uniform clump of arching deep green blades that erupt into intense smoky rose-purple flowers. A graceful accent or focus for sun. A David Skwiot discovery. (Patented). Zone 5.

Pennisetum setaceum 'Burgundy Giant' (Giant Red Fountain Grass)

The boldest textured fountain grass, with bronze-burgundy leaves. Hardy only to 40 degrees. Recovers slowly from even a mildly cold winter and might be best used as an annual. Large maroon plumes bloom throughout the summer. Hardy to Zone 10.

Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum' (Red Fountain Grass)

A spectacular annual with maroon blades and soft pink plumes reaching 2-3' in a single season. This grass seems to be completely evergreen (red) in frost free zones. Looks best if cut back in late winter to expose new foliage. This clone is sterile and controllable. Drought and heat resistant. Its beauty lies in its long blooming period from late June until frost. Good as a specimen or for accents. Hardy Zone 9.

Phalaris arundinacea 'Picta'

Phalaris arundinacea 'Picta' (Ribbon Grass)

Green foliage, with a longitude band of cream-white variegation. This grass has been a popular favorite for many years. Doesn’t get pink highlights like other varieties. Hardy to Zone 4.

Phalaris arundinacea 'Strawberries & Cream' (Strawberry and Cream Ribbon Grass)

A slightly less vigorous form of Ribbon grass with the new foliage in the spring. Leaves are green with prominent longitudinal stripes, giving a slight pink tint to the blades. Useful in the landscape because of its less invasive qualities. Zone 4.

Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues' (Little Blue Stem)

A clonal cultivar with strongly glaucous, light blue stems. Grows to 4' tall. One of the most characteristic grasses of the American Tallgrass prairie. Prefers full sun. Hardy zone 3.

Schizachyrium scoparium Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Blue Stem)

Virtually an indestructible, low-maintenance grass that can survive a huge variety of conditions.  Drought to flood, hot to cold, alkaline to acid. All making it the model prairie grass that it is. Gets 2-4 feet tall. Colorful foliage varies on conditions. Full sun. Prefers sloping ground. Hardy to Zone 3.       


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