Grasses, Sedges & Rushes

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  • Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’ Japanese blood grass

    Gorgeous erect red foliage



    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.

  • Koeleria cristata syn. Koeleria macrantha June grass

    whitish spike-like panicles



    Koeleria cristata syn.  Koeleria macrantha  June grass        Z 4-8
    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

    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.”

  • Koeleria glauca Blue hair grass Z 5-9

    Erect spike-like panicles June thru August



    Koeleria glauca  Blue hair grass  Z 5-9
    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.

  • Luzula nivea Snowy woodrush 5-8

    Dense white flower clusters in June-July



    Luzula nivea       Snowy woodrush  Z 5-8
    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)