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



    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



    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



    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



    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.”