Grasses, Sedges & Rushes

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  • Festuca ovina glauca Blue fescue Z 4-8

    mound of thin blue gray foliage

    $9.95/bareroot

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    Festuca ovina glauca  Blue fescue   Z 4-8
    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

    $11.25/bareroot

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    Helictotrichon sempervirens   Blue oat grass   Z 4-9
    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.”

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

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

    $10.25/bareroot

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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.

    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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    Imperata cylindrical  ‘Rubra’  Japanese bloodgrass     Z 4-9
    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.

    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.