Plant Guide: Grasses

Acorus (Sweet Flag) - These primeval, grass-like, plants contrast beautifully with flowering perennials and arching grasses. Specifically suited for moist to wet areas of the landscape. Great accent or edging plant for ponds and water gardens. Good erosion control.

  • gramineus 'Argenteostriatus' (Variegated Sweet Flag) Zones 5-10
  • gramineus 'Minimus Aureus' Zones 5-10

Ammophila (Beachgrass)

  • breviligulata 'Cape' Zones

Andropogonon (Beard Grass)

  • gerardii (Big Bluestem) Zones 3
  • virginicus (Broom-sedge) Zones 3

Arundo (Reed)

  • donax 'Golden Chain' (Golden Giant Reed) Zones 6-10
  • donax 'Variegata' (Striped Giant Reed) Zones 6-10

Calamagrostis (Feather Reed Grass)

  • brachytricha (Korean Feather Reed Grass) Zones 4-9
  • x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' Zones 4

Carex (Sedge)

  • comans 'Frosted Curls' Zones 7-9
  • elata 'Aurea' Zones 5-8
  • morrowii 'Ice Dance' (Japanese Sedge) Zones 5-9
  • pensylvanica (Pennsylvania Sedge) Zones 4

Chasmanthium (Wild Oats)

  • latifolium (Northern Sea Oats) Zones 5

Cortaderia (Pampas Grass) – Plant in warm microclimate for best results. May require several years to attain flowering size.

  • selloana 'Pumila' Zones 7-10

Deschampsia (Hair Grass)

  • flexuosa (Crinked Hair Grass)

Eragrostis (Love Grass)

  • spectabilis (Purple Lovegrass) Zones 5-8

Festuca (Fescue)

  • glauca 'Boulder Blue' Zones 4-8
  • glauca 'Elijah Blue' Zones 4-8

Hakenechloa (Hakone Grass) – Prefers fertile, moist, but well-drained soil and partial shade.

  • macra 'All Gold' Zones 5-9
  • macra 'Aureola' Zones 7

Helictotrichon (Blue Oat Grass)

  • sempervirens – Zones 4-7

Imperata (Blood Grass)

  • cylindrica 'Red Baron' Zones 6

Leymus (Lyme Grass)

  • arenarius 'Blue Dune' Zones 4

Miscanthus (Maiden Grass)

  • 'Purpurascens' (Purple Maiden Grass) Zones 4
  • sinensis 'Adagio' (Dwarf) Zones 6
  • sinensis 'Cabaret' Zones 5-9
  • sinensis 'Gold Bar' Zones 5-8
  • sinensis 'Gracillimus' Zones 5
  • sinensis 'Morning Light' Zones 5
  • sinensis 'Variegatus' Zones 5
  • sinensis 'Zebrinus' Zones 5

Muhlenbergia (Muhly)

  • virgatum 'Heavy Metal' (Blue) Zones 4
  • virgatum 'Shenandoah' (Red) Zones 4-10

Pennisetum (Fountain Grass)

  • alopecuroides 'Cassian' Zones 5-9
  • alopecuroides 'Hameln' (Dwarf) Zones 6
  • alopecuroides 'Little Bunny' (Miniature) Zones 6
  • alopecuroides 'Moudry' (Black) Zones 6
  • 'Karley Rose' Zones 6-9

Saccharum (Ravennae Grass) – Tolerant of dry conditions.

  • ravennae – Zones 6

Schizachryium (Little Blue Stem)

  • scoparium – Zones 3-10

Sporobolus (Dropseed)

  • heterolepis (Prarie Dropseen) Zones 4-9

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