Grasses, Sedges & Rushes

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  • Carex grayi Gray’s Sedge Z 3-8

    Club-like maces in June through fall.

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    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.

  • Carex montana Soft-leaved Sedge Z 4-10

    Soft mounding grass with small brown flower spikes March-April

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    Soft mounding grass with small brown flower spikes March-April

    Size: 10” X 10”
    Care: Part sun to shade in well-drained soil
    Native: Europe, Caucasas, West Siberia

    Linnaeus 1753

  • Carex rosea Rosy sedge, Stellate sedge PERENNIAL GRASS Z 3-9

    Mounds of thinnest of medium green leaves mingled with stems with star shaped seed clusters in May-June

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    Mounds of thinnest of medium green leaves mingled with stems with star shaped seed clusters in May-June.

    Size: 12” x 10”
    Care: part shade and shade in moist well-drained soil
    Wildlife Value: No. Dakota south to TX & east incl. WI, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
    Awards: Great Plants for the Great Plains Grass of the Year 2020

    Collected before 1811.

  • Chasmanthium latifolium Northern Sea oats Z 5-9

    Graceful, pendulous oat-like spikes

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    In August – December Northern sea oats bear pendulous panicles of oat-like spikelets, emerging green and turning bronze. They hang on all winter.

    Size: 36" x 24"
    Care: full sun to part shade in any soil
    Native: Eastern U.S., New Jersey to Texas
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    Introduced by Michaux (1746-1802) extraordinary French plant hunter, who searched much of eastern No. America for plants. Indians ate the seeds for food. Used ornamentally since Victorian times for fresh and dried arrangements.

  • Deschampsia caespitosa Hair grass Z 4-9

    Airy pink panicles of seed heads

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    Airy pink panicles like delicate billowing clouds of seed heads top clumps of arching slender leaves in mid summer persisting through winter.

    Size: 2-4' x 18"
    Care: moist well-drained to moist soil in sun to shade.
    Native: Europe, Asia & No. America

    Deschampsia named for French botanist Deslongchamps (1774-1849).  This species found by the mid 1700’s.

  • Eragrostis spectabilis Purple Love grass Z. 5-9

    Profuse tiny purple panicles in August-September. One of internationally known garden designer Piet Oudolf’s 100 “MUST HAVE” plants, Gardens Illustrated 94 (2013)

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    Profuse tiny purple panicles in August-September. One of internationally known garden designer Piet Oudolf’s 100 “MUST HAVE” plants, Gardens Illustrated 94 (2013)

    Size: 2’ x 18”
    Care: Full sun in well-drained soil - (slow to emerge in spring)
    Native: Maine west to Minnesota, south to Arizona, Wisconsin native

    Eragrostis is Greek meaning “love”, (eros) and grass, agrostis. This species first named by botanist Frederick Pursh in his book Flora Americae Septronalis. (1813)

  • Festuca ovina glauca Blue fescue Z 4-8

    mound of thin blue gray foliage

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    Spiky but graceful mound of thin blue gray foliage – early summer short spikes of blue-green flowers

    Size: 12" x 10"
    Care: sun, moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: temperate areas thoughout the world

    Festuca is Latin meaning “grass stalk.” American garden cultivation since 1800’s.

  • Helictotrichon sempervirens Blue oat grass Z 4-9

    rounded mound of thin, steel-blue leaves

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    June-July spikes rise above a magnificent rounded mound of thin, steel-blue leaves – one of the best.

    Size: 4' x 2'
    Care: full sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: Europe
    Awards: Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden Great Plant Pick.

    Named by Dominique Villars (1745-1814).  Liberty Hyde Bailey (1933) said that Blue oat grass “scarcely grown as ornamental subjects.”