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All Plants on this page are in Trade Quart Pots (Qt.) which are 1.68Pints (794 ml) liquid measure. 

(Similar to a true nursery quart on top width and height, but tapered to a smaller bottom for lighter shipping.)

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NOTE:  This page lists both true grasses and, also, grass-like plants such as Acorus and Carex.  PLEASE NOTE: Warm weather grasses do not start to grow until (surprise) warm weather! 

 

Most ornamental grasses are also deer resistant. We have marked those we find on reputable deer resistant lists, you may want to check others.

$9.99 Qt.

 

Acorus gramineus 'Golden Ogon'      Dwarf  Sweet Flag       Z: 5-9           

Acorus gramineus 'Golden Ogon'This 1975 Barry Yinger introduction from Japan makes a glaringly beautiful groundcover with brilliant yellow foliage, exceptionally bright in spring and fall. While the overall effect is bright gold, it actually has a vertical green stripe down the side of each leaf. Makes a fabulous, slowly spreading groundcover, a great pond-side or in the pond plant.   This plant is so useful in so many situations and very, very easy to grow!

Soil: Moist to wet        H: 10-12" W: Slowly Indef.       B/M: Greenish-yellow/ 5-6 

$9.99 Qt.

 

Acorus gramineus 'Masemune'     Japanese Sweet Flag,       Z: 5-9         

Acorus gramineus 'Masemune'     Japanese Sweet FlagBrilliantly variegated grasslike foliage. Fine in any moist or well-watered soil, as well as in standing water up to 1" deep.  Takes average soil in shade. Rare, choice. Striped grass-like foliage, half green and half white 1/8 in. wide by 6 in. long. Although similar to the variegated form, it is more compact and shorter. 

Soil: Moist to wet   H: 6" W: 6-8"   B/M: Tan/ 5-6 

$9.99 Qt.

Acorus gramineus 'Variegatus   Variegated Japanese Sweet Flag,       Z: 5-9         

Acorus gramineus 'Variegatus Similar to 'Masemune' but generally taller, sometimes twice as tall to a foot.  Same brilliantly variegated grass-like foliage.    Fine in any moist or well-watered soil, as well as in standing water up to 1" deep.  Takes average soil in shade.  Striped grass-like foliage, half green and half white 1/8 in. wide by 6 in. long.

Soil: Moist to wet      H: 8-10" (12"IB)   W: Slowly Indef.     B/M: Tan/ 5-6 

$9.99 Qt.

Briza media    Quaking Grass     Zone: 4-10  

Briza mediaEuropean perennial grass which forms a dense tuft of finely bristle-margined, blue-green leaves. Erect stems produce open pyramidal panicles of nodding, heart-shaped spikelets -- purple-tinted green at first, later turning straw colored & are arranged like a rattlesnake's tail. Great in dried arrangements. Can be dyed. 12-18" foliage. 

Soil: Well-drained         H: 24-36" W: 12-18"      B/M: See above/  5-7 

 

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$9.99 Qt.

Calamagrostis brachytricha   Korean Feather Grass   Zone:  4-8     *  

Calamagrostis brachytrichaAKA, Calamagrostis arundinacea var. brachytricha  Also sometimes commonly called foxtail grass in reference to the feathery flower/seed plumes.

A clump forming, warm weather grass with bright green leaves reaching 24" and late summer blooms that emerge with a pink tint and reach 36-48".  The blooms fade to cream in Fall.  One of the few flowering grasses that is happy in and actually prefers some shade. Will take full sun with adequate moisture. Superb for cut flowers.  1/2" glossy green leaves.  Clump forming, non-invasive.

Soil: Ave, to moist, loamy       H: 24" (IB:36-48")  W: 24"      B/M: Mauve pink/ 8-9 

$11.99 Qt.

Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Overdam'      Variegated Feather Reed Grass   Zone: 4-9  

Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Overdam'VERY CHOICE! Compact, silky-sheen form of Feather Reed Grass. 18-24" foliage. Leaves emerge marginated & striped with cream, quickly changing to white highlighted with PINK! Purplish pink tassels gradually lighten to silver pink. Sun OK but PM shade best. Prefers moist soil. Cut to the ground in early spring. From Eurasia. 

Soil: Ave. to moist, humus rich   H: 48" W: 24"    B/M: Purplish pink/ August 

$11.99 Qt.

Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Eldorado' PP16486 (C. arundinacea)   Feather Reed Grass  Zone: 4-9  

Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Eldorado'A clump forming grass with narrow 1/4" green leaves with a bold, bright golden strip down the middle.  Very slender, vertical blooms that age from light purple to cream.  Similar to 'Avalanche' but with gold rather than white in the center and with a bit more open habit, rather than so rigidly compact as others of the type.  A sport of 'Karl Forester' that has a gold center instead of white like the '2001 Perennial Plant of the Year'.

Soil: Ave, to moist, loamy       H:36-48" (60" IB)  W:24"     B/M:  Light purple / 8-9 

$9.99 Qt.

Calamagrostis brachytricha   Korean Feather Grass   Zone:  4-8     *  

Calamagrostis brachytrichaAKA, Calamagrostis arundinacea var. brachytricha  Also sometimes commonly called foxtail grass in reference to the feathery flower/seed plumes.

A clump forming, warm weather grass with bright green leaves reaching 24" and late summer blooms that emerge with a pink tint and reach 36-48".  The blooms fade to cream in Fall.  One of the few flowering grasses that is happy in and actually prefers some shade. Will take full sun with adequate moisture. Superb for cut flowers.  1/2" glossy green leaves.  Clump forming, non-invasive.

Soil: Ave, to moist, loamy       H: 24" (IB:36-48")  W: 24"      B/M: Mauve pink/ 8-9 

  Many grasses are host plants for Butterflies and we love them for that BECAUSE they don't show the feeding damage the way some other plants do!  You will never have massive quantities of Butterflies unless you provide food for the Butterfly Larvae (Caterpillars) and grasses are a great way to do that.

 

  Many Carex are Host Plants for the Dun and Dion Skipper and the Broad-Winged Skipper Butterflies.

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$9.99 Qt.

Carex dolichostachya 'Kaga-nishiki'   Gold Fountain Grass   Zone: 5-9  

Carex dolichostachya 'Kaga-nishiki'Clump forming sedge has slender, elegant leaves w/ a border of gold. Lights up a shady spot. Evergreen in Zone 7-9. Nishiki means “brocade,” & it rightly describes the fine textured variegated foliage of this superb selection. Forms a tidy, fountain-like mound. 

Soil: Ave. to wet.   H: 10-14" W: 20"   B/M: Brownish/ 5-6 

Z:7-9

$9.99 Qt.

Carex flaccosperma     Blue Wood Sedge     Zone:  5-8  

Carex flagelliferaNative to Eastern North America and yet Rare to the trade. A sturdy, EVERGREEN groundcover. A slowly spreading sedge with half-inch wide 'quilted' greenish-blue leaves. An excellent filler to mix with hostas, ferns and other shade loves. Fairly drought tolerant when established.

Soil:  Most Any    H: 6-10"  W: Slowly indefinite     B/M: Brown/Spring

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  Carex flagellifera - This New Zealand native is an evergreen, perennial grass that has dense clumping growth habit.  The mahogany foliage is tinted with green and red hues.  Lumped with all 'brown' grasses they're often called collectively the 'Dead Sedges' in a most complimentary way!  It reaches 18" in height before spilling gracefully out over the ground.  Attractive all 4 Seasons it was an award winner at Oklahoma State University trials in 2003.  Great in containers in warm zones.  Foliage is not as thread-like as C. comans & not as wide as C. buchananii. Great in the rock garden or grass garden. Stunning w/ blue fescues or gray perennials. 

 

$10.99 Qt.

Carex flagellifera 'Kiwi'   Weeping Sedge      Zone: (5)6-10     

Carex flagellifera 'Kiwi'   Copper SedgeThe green version of Weeping Copper Sedge.  Golden highlights appear in Autumn over a finely-textured fountain-like evergreen grass that has pale olive green blades with yellow highlights in spring and summer. 

Soil: Moist but very well-drained, Neutral    H:18"   W: 18"   B/M: Tan Insig./7-8

$11.99 Qt.

Carex glauca 'Zinger'     Blue or Heath Sedge      Zone: 5-9   cool areas

Carex glauca 'Zinger'     Blue or Heath SedgeMuch more upright and larger than the species.  Steel blue foliage. Looks best with ample water and fertilization, partial shade in hot summer areas.   Much more clump forming than the species but still 24" wide in 5 years, so slowly indefinite in width.

Soil:  Prefers moist, well-drained alkaline but is adaptable    H: 12-18" W: Slowly indef.    B/M: Insig./ 4-5    

  (mild areas)

$9.99 Qt.

Carex grayi   Gray's Sedge      Zone: 3-8  

Carex grayiErect grass-like foliage, 24" tall.  Deciduous, densely tufted perennial forms strong, erect clumps of broad, rich green leaves. Star-like, pale green seed heads resemble spiked clubs and are good in flower arrangements either fresh or dried. Needs moist to wet soil. 

Soil: Fertile, moist      H: 24-30"" W: 24"      B/M: Mid-green 6-9   

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$9.99 Qt.

Carex hachijoensis 'Evergold'  (C. oshimensis)   Variegated Japanese Sedge  Z: 5-9  

Carex hachijoensis 'Evergold'AKA, Carex morrowii 'Aureo varigata'. A tough, clump-forming sedges whose claim to fame is the preponderance of creamy-gold and green variegated leaves. It's evergreen and according to our plant Guru, Cole Burrell, grows it in "small mounds bursting with color!" A 'Surf and Shore' plant - it grows in average moisture in the garden or pond margins.

Soil:  Moist but well-drained      H: 12"  W: 12"      B/M: Brown/4-5

$9.99 Qt.

 

Carex morrowii var. temnolepsis       Silk Tassel    Zone: 5-8      

Carex morrowii var. temnolepsisAKA Hosoba kan suge.  Very narrow dark green foliage with white midribs quite unlike the other C. morrowiis which have wide blades. Sun with good moisture or light shade. Beautiful spilling over a wall. This variety likes moist but well-drained soil not boggy like some.

Soil:  Moist but well-drained       H: 12" W: 24"        B/M:   Brown 4-5

$9.99 Qt.

 

Carex muskingumensis      Palm Sedge   Zone: 5-9   

Carex muskingumensisFeatured in Horticulture Magazine, February 2006. A great Carex that resembles a small palm tree. Needs well-watered, moist or even standing water. Great substitute in the pond for the Tender Papyrus plant. In the garden, it's a beautiful fine-textured ornamental grass for shaded settings unless it's wet. An excellent ground cover or edging plant. Gorgeous with Hostas, Heucheras and Bergenias. 

Soil: Average to Wet      H: 20" W: 12"       B/M: Tan, Insig./ 6-7 

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$9.99 Qt.

Carex plantaginea    Plantainleaf  or Seersucker Sedge    Zone:  5-9   

Carex plantagineaFeatured in Horticulture Magazine, February 2006.  A native sedge with one of the widest leaves, up to 1" wide, almost like a narrow-leaf hosta but evergreen w/ red at the base. Handsome veining on the leaves and a dependable nature, even in dry spots (growing in nature under beech trees) makes the Sedge a great addition to the garden. 2' tall wispy, purple black flowers are insignificant. AKA, Seersucker Sedge adds a fresh element to your shade mix.

Soil:  Most any       H: 6-12"   W:          B/M:  Purple black - Insignificant

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$9.99 Qt.

Carex siderosticha 'Variegata'    Creeping Broad-leafed Sedge        Z: 5-9    

Carex siderosticha 'Variegata'A wide-leaf with white stripes on margins and a pink cast to spring growth make this a stunning Carex that clump-forming and politely spreading. This is fairly new to the trade and absolutely fabulous. Needs supplemental water if soil gets dry.

Soil:  Ave. to moist    H: 10-12"  W:  24"   B/M: Insig.

$9.99 Qt.

Chasmanthium latifolium      Northern Sea Oats Grass       Zone:  5-9  

Chasmanthium latifoliumAttractive Native w/ oat-like seed heads for groups or massing. Dark green foliage in part shade; light green in sun. Good naturalizer for dry shade. Deep gold fall color. One of the best grasses for SHADE. Very unique seed pod. Plumes to 48". Seeds less in shade. Will take moist soil.  Host plant for the Bell's Roadside-Skipper and Common Roadside-Skipper Butterflies.

Soil:  Most any but wet            H: 24"  W:          B/M: Golden brown/7-8

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$12.99 Qt.

Deschampsia caespitosa 'Bronze Veil'  ('Bronzeschleier')  Tufted Hair Grass   Z: 4-9   (cold areas)

Deschampsia caespitosa 'Bronze Veil'Clumping grass. From spring throughout the summer, flowers are held aloft in a profusion of drooping panicles, which look like a magical haze above the mounds of arching, deep green 12- 18" foliage. 'Bronze Veil' has a handsome golden-bronzed-brown flower color. Drought tolerant or will take moist soil. Much shorter than the species. 

Soil: Any dry to damp         H: 12" (30-36"IB) W: 12-18"       B/M: Bronze/ 7-9

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$11.99 Qt.

Deschampsia caespitosa 'Pixie Fountain'   Tufted Hair Grass      Z: 4-9     (cold areas)

Deschampsia caespitosa 'Pixie Fountain'   Tufted Hair Grass

This exceptionally hardy, compact grass features clumps of slender, silver green foliage followed by ethereal light flowers spikes that turn to golden brown from mid-summer through fall.  Makes an extraordinary cut flower.  Self cleaning, easy to grow and maintain.

Soil: Any dry to damp         H: 8"(12-24"IB)  W: 12-20"       B/M: Golden Brown/ 6-9

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$9.99 Qt.

Eragrostis spectabilis     Purple Love Grass     Zone: 5-10B    

Eragrostis spectabilisEvery bit as pretty as the above grass with a similar look but with purple blooms instead of tan.  A gorgeous South Eastern Native grass that does self-seed a bit.  But worth removing the occasional baby if you don't want it because the 'Momma' is just so pretty.  Nothing else quite like it.  Tiny purple seed heads form a cloud of purple.  Rhizomatous.  I believe this one cannot be shipped to Oregon or Idaho.  Foliage turns red near the end of the season.  (Warm season grass.) Host plant for the Zabulon Skipper Butterfly.

Soil: Sandy or well-drained      H:10-12" (24-30" IB)  W: 24-36"      B/M: Purple/8-10

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Also, you might be interested in Liriope listed on the La-Li Page

Liriope muscari 'Monroe White'     White Liriope  

Liriope spicata 'Silver Dragon'  Variegated Groundcover Liriope

 

 

Miscanthus (Maiden Grass) are some of the most beautiful of grasses.  They have recently gotten some bad press for reseeding.  We immediately discard any that we notice doing this in our gardens.   If you live near a natural ecosystem, you probably shouldn't grow Miscanthus.  Keep in mind that these are WARM season grasses and do not really start to grow until the weather warms up, so in early season they won't have much foliage and won't be strongly rooted BUT they have all the roots they need for that time.

Please note Miscanthus sinensis species and cultivars are now listed as a Noxious Weed list in CT  ("Potentially invasive, not banned" is the quote 2008 ) -- certainly not to be used in any area where stray seedlings cannot be removed.  In your maintained yard in a neighborhood, it's not a problem.  It should not be planted anywhere near a wetland or wild area.

 

$10.99 Qt.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'    Maiden Grass, Eulalia    Zone:  (4)5-9    *

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'A clump forming grass, slowly spreading but maintaining the clump form  Tolerant of most soils including clay.  Foliage looks beautiful left through winter for visual interest (turning yellowish at first but quickly to straw-beige) and left over winter, it protects crowns in colder areas.  Cut foliage to the ground in late winter.  'Gracillimus' is an old, popular cultivar that blooms later than most Miscanthus and the plumes persist well into winter.  Takes part shade but doesn't bloom as well and can flop.

Soil:  Any but standing wet       H:4-6' (7-8' IB)  W:3-6'      B/M:  Silver/August thru Winter

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$10.99 Qt.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Graziella'   Maiden Grass, Eulalia    Zone:  4-9   

Miscanthus sinensis 'Graziella' Warm season grass with fine, slender, 1/4" wide foliage & upright, arching form. Large, bronze to white plumes appear in mid to late August (early for a Miscanthus) high above the foliage. Prefers moist, rich, well drained soil in full sun. Distinct because of the burgundy reverses on the green blades & the darkness of the stems.

Soil:  Any but wet      H: 5-6'  W: 3-4'    B/M:  Creamy White/August thru Winter

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$10.99 Qt.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Sarabande'      Maiden Grass   Zone:  4-9    

Miscanthus sinensis 'Sarabande'      Maiden GrassClump-forming ornamental grasses w/ festive flower plumes which can adorn the garden, feed birds through winter, or be cut for both fresh & dried flower arrangements. 'Sarabande' is a lovely cultivar of the Japanese Silver Grasses w/ exceptional silvery-green leaves which turn a soft caramel color in winter. Prune back old growth in spring.  With foliage more narrow that M. gracillimus, it will be come the Industry Standard.  Rarely, if ever self-seeds.

Soil:  Any but wet      H: 6'  W: 3'    B/M: Creamy White/July thru Winter

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  Notes on Mondo Grasses.  These are great spreading plants BUT as young plants, after division, they take a year to 'get their roots back under them' and may not impress you the first year.  Be patient.  They pick up the second year and take off in the third.

 

$10.99 Qt.

Ophiopogon japonicus 'Gyoku Ryu'   Very Dwarf Mondo Grass   Zone:  6-10   

Ophiopogon japonicus 'Gyoku Ryu'This is a super dwarf Mondo Grass and forms a dense, weed preventing carpet generally only 1-2" high with blooms reaching a tiny 3" tall!  Perfect for small areas where a rambunctious groundcover just wouldn't work! Won't tolerate full sun. Atypical Roots

Soil:  Moist but well-drained     H:1-2" (3" IB)   W: 3-12"        B/M: Lavender/6-7

 

 

Panicums or Switch Grasses come in a variety of foliage colors - green, blue and red - so you can pick just the right hue for your garden.

 

$9.99 Qt.

Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'      Blue Switch Grass    Zone: 5-9     

Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'A great looking Switch Grass with stiff, blue foliage.  Host Plant for the Broad-Winged, Delaware, Tawny-Edged, Dotted and Arogos Skipper Butterflies.

Soil: Fertile, well-drained      H: 36" W:      B/M: / 9-10 

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$10.99 Qt.

Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'   Red Switch Grass      Zone: 5-9      

Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah' One of the very few red or burgundy perennial grasses. Starts the season blue green and colors up red by June. Airy red flower clusters in early Fall that are attractive in flower arrangements or dried. Moderately slow grower.  Host Plant for the Broad-Winged, Delaware, Tawny-Edged, Dotted and Arogos Skipper Butterflies.

Soil: Fertile, well-drained      H: 36" W:      B/M: Burgundy/ 9-10 

Butterfly and Larvae Food

$9.99 Qt.

Panicum virgatum 'Trailblazer'    Blue Switch Grass     Zone: 5-9     

Panicum virgatum 'Trailblazer'Airy red flower clusters in early Fall above blue foliage that are attractive in flower arrangements or dried. Moderately slow grower.  Host Plant for the Broad-Winged, Delaware, Tawny-Edged, Dotted and Arogos Skipper Butterflies.

Soil: Fertile, well-drained      H: 36" W:          B/M:  Burgundy/ 9-10  

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$11.99 Qt.

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Piglet' PP197074   Dwarf Fountain Grass  Zone (4)5-9    

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Piglet'A perfectly sized dwarf Fountain Grass for every garden - right between 'Little Bunny' and 'Hameln'.  Perfect for edging or in containers (in zone 7) or warmer.  Selected by Intrinsic for its vigor and more substantial flowers for its size.  Knee high and just covered with blooms!

Soil: Moist but well-drained      H: 18"IB  W: 24"      B/M: Buff Tan/ 8-10

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Phalaris arundinacea Strawberries & Cream'   Ribbon Grass        Zone:      

Phalaris arundinacea Strawberries & Cream'Phalaris is a large family of grasses serving many diverse needs--from hay for livestock to cotton sizing.  Strawberries & Cream is an exceptional ornamental grass w/ variegated leaf blades of green & white flushed with even more pink than Feesey's.  Aggressive, spread quickly, good for erosion control or durable groundcover.  Can be mowed and/or used as a pond plant.

Soil:  Most any       H: 36" W:        B/M: 

$12.99 Qt.

Saccharum arundinaceum    Hardy Sugar Cane      Zone: 6-10     

Saccharum arundinaceum

 If you think Pampas Grass is the most spectacular grass it's only because you haven't seen a clump of Hardy Sugar Cane.  In early October it sends forth HUGE Mauve Pink Pampas-Like blooms that age to silver, hold through winter and that truly are amazing!   There are houses that aren't as sturdy as the grey-green upright foliage in a mature clump.  It would take bulldozer to push it over!   Watch for seedlings in the south, no problem north of 7B

Soil: Any but dry      H: 10-15'   W: 10-15'           B/M:   Mauve pink/10

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