Grasses, Sedges & Rushes

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  • Sesleria nitida Nest Moor grass Z 5-8

    Spike-like panicles of white turn purple atop mounds of gray-blue blades




    Sesleria nitida    Nest Moor grass              Z 5-8
    In early spring, about the time Robins appear, spike-like panicles of white turn purple atop mounds of gray-blue blades

    Size: 24”x16”
    Care: sun to part shade in most any soil
    Native: central and southern Italy

    Collected before 1861.

  • Sporobolus heterolepsis Prairie dropseed Zone 3 – 9

    Mound of graceful thinnest of grass blades



    The description in the Chiltern Seeds catalog cannot be improved:  “This is the most elegant and refined of the North American prairie grasses …the finest texture composed of the thinnest of thin, thread-like, glossy green blades,.. in autumn turning deep orange before fading to a light copper for the winter.  In late summer the plants bear, on very slender stalks high above the foliage, unbelievably delicate, graceful flower panicles, excellent for cutting.”

    Size: 2’ x 2’
    Care: Full sun in well-drained soil
    Native: from Canada in the north to Texas in the south, Wisconsin native

    Sporobolos is Greek from sporo meaning seed and ballein meaning to cast forth because the seed readily falls from the flower (or dropseed, the common name).  Ojibwa “Medicine Society” used roots to cure sores & “remove bile.”