Grasses, Sedges & Rushes

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  • Calamagrostis brachytricha Diamond grass, Feather reed grass

    Arching foliage with gorgeous upright plumes



    Calamagrostis brachytricha  Diamond grass, Feather reed grass       Z 4-9
    Arching foliage with gorgeous upright pale pink plumes September to November

    Size: 4' x 2'
    Care: sun to part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant.
    Native: East Asia

    Collected before 1856.

  • Calamagrostis x acutiflora”Karl Forester” Feather reed grass

    Completely, reliably erect grass - winner perennial plant of year award 2001.



    Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘‘Karl Forester”   Feather reed grass Z 5-7
    Completely, reliably erect grass.

    Size: 3-5' x 2'
    Care: sun to part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil. Cut back in late winter.
    Awards: Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year 2001

    This is a natural cross of Calamagrostis epigeos and Calamagrostis arundinacea, natives of Asia and Europe.  German nurseryman Karl Forester’s (1874-1970) keen eye spotted this in the Hamburg Botanic Garden.   He listed this in his nursery catalog in 1939.  Under Nazi domination he risked it all by keeping Jewish friends & workers. After WW II his nursery was the only perennial supplier in East Germany.  This grass sent from Denmark to the US in 1964.

  • Carex davalliana Bath’s sedge, Davall’s sedge Z 4-8

    Short hedge-hog like clump with white flowers



    Carex davalliana  Bath’s sedge, Davall’s sedge   Z 4-8
    Short hedge-hog like clump with white flowers turning to bronzy spiked seedheads May-June. Best for rock, railroad or fairy gardens – anyplace for a miniature, clumping grass.

    Size: 6” x 12”
    Care: sun to light shade in moist soil
    Native: wet places in Europe and western No. America

    Collected before 1798 by Edmund Davall who botanized in Switzerland.

  • Carex grayi Gray’s Sedge Z 3-8

    Club-like maces in June through fall.



    Carex grayi     Gray’s Sedge  Z 3-8
    Flowers look like club-like maces in June to December.  This one will make your friends & neighbors ask “what the heck is it?”

    Size: 30" x 24"
    Care: Full sun to part shade in moist soil
    Native: Vermont west to Wisconsin, south to Georgia and Missouri

    Collected before 1880.