Grasses, Sedges & Rushes

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  • Hystrix patula syn. Elymus hystris var. hystris Bottle brush grass Z 5-9

    June thru fall bears 6” long spikes looking like bottle brushes

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    June thru fall bears 6” long spikes looking like bottle brushes.

    Size: 2-3’ x 12-18”
    Care: sun to part shade in dry to moist well-drained soil - tolerates dry shade
    Native: Nova Scotia S to Virginia, W to ND and OK.
    Wildlife Value: Birds eat seeds

    Hystrix from the Greek (‘hedgehog’) meaning “with spikes” or “bristly” describing the flowers and patula means “spreading.”  Collected before 1794.  In 1913 L H Bailey wrote, “sometimes used for lawn decoration and for borders.”

  • Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’ Japanese blood grass

    Gorgeous erect red foliage

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    Erect greenish red grass blades turn deep, blood red in August and persist through fall.   In northern zones will not flower.  In warmer areas it flowers and creates seed where it will be invasive.

    Can not ship to : Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georiga, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah & West Virginia

    Size: 16-20" x 12"
    Care: sun to light shade in moist well-drained soil.
    Native: Japan

    Cultivated in Japanese gardens since 1800’s.  First described in literature in 1812.  Introduced to the US in 1911 near Mobile, AL as packing material in a shipment of plants from Japan.

  • Koeleria glauca Blue hair grass Z 5-9

    Erect spike-like panicles June thru August

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    Erect spike-like panicles June thru August, poke above a neat mound of erect, blue grass blades.

    Size: 16" x 12”
    Care: Sun in well-drained soil
    Native: Siberia & Central Europe

    Collected before 1800.

  • Koeleria macrantha syn. Koeleria cristata June grass

    whitish spike-like panicles

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    Erect ivory spike-like panicles June thru August, poke above a neat mound of erect grass blades.

    Size: 2' x 18"
    Care: Sun in well drained to moist well-drained soil
    Native: prairies of No. America, Wisconsin native.

    Koeleria named by Linnaeus for grass specialist and professor at Mainz, G.L. Koeler (1765-1806).  Cheyenne Indians tied June grass to the heads of Sun Dancers to deter them from getting tired and made paint brushes from it.  New Mexico’s Jemez Indians made brooms from tied blades.   Isleta  and Havasupai Indians ate ground seeds in bread  and  as mush.  Liberty Hyde Bailey (1933) said: “Sometimes cultivated for lawn decoration in open dry ground.”  Meriwether Lewis collected this at Camp Chopunnish in Idaho on June 10, 1806 while waiting for snow melt to safely cross the Bitterroots on the expedition’s way home.

  • Luzula nivea Snowy woodrush 5-8

    Dense white flower clusters in June-July

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    Dense white flower clusters in June-July. Leaves are evergreen with fuzzy margins. The best grass for shade.

    Size: 24” x 24”
    Care: part shade in moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant.
    Native: Central and southern Europe, Alps

    Species named by Linnaeus in 1750’s.  Luzula in Latin means “light.”  Nivea means “snow white.”  According to Liberty Hyde Bailey the flowers are “useful in dried bouquets.”(1933)

  • Melica ciliata Silky spike melic grass Z 5-9

    Arching white flower spikes

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    Ornamental arching white spikes from June through mid-summer. Especially nice for its early bloom, long before most grasses.

    Size: 2' x 12"
    Care: full sun in moist well-drained to moist soil. Deer resistant
    Native: Eurasia to North Africa

    Melica is Greek for “sweet grass.”  Collected before late 1700’s.

  • Miscanthus “Purpurascens” Flame grass Z 4-9

    leaves turn brilliant orange red, darkening to burgundy

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    Flame grass starts in spring with a tinge of red in the leaves, increasing as summer passes.  By fall the leaves turn orange-red, darkening to burgundy by winter and retaining the color for months.  Tassel-like inflorescences appear in late summer, opening into creamy plumes by fall. It is compact, upright, clump-forming.

    Size: 3-4’ x 3-4’
    Care: sun to part shade in sandy to clay soils. Cut back in late winter to spring. Deer resistant and tolerant of Walnut trees.
    Native: Japan

    Miscanthus is Greek meaning “stem and flower.”  Miscanthus was mentioned in Man’yoshu, a Japanese anthology of poems written in the 8th century, where it symbolized the melancholy of autumn. This specific plant 1st described by botanist Nils Johan Andersson in 1855.

  • Miscanthus sinensis ‘Variegatus’ Striped Maiden grass Z 4-9

    Vertical white srtipes on 4' arching green grass blades, inflorescenses coppery russet in fall,

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    Vertical white srtipes on 4′ arching green grass blades, inflorescenses coppery russet in fall

    Size: 6' x 4' clump forming
    Care: Sun moist well-drained soil. Cut back in spring.
    Native: S.E. Asia

    Miscanthus is Greek meaning stem and flower.  Mentioned in Man’yoshu, a Japanese anthology of poems written in the 8th century, where it symbolized the melancholy of autumn.  This variegated form frequently used in Victorian bedding designs.  American garden cultivation since late 1800’s.  Recommended by Gertrude Jekyll, mother of mixed perennial borders, in 1908, for its “great white striped” foliage.