2021

RSF Perennial Grass List

Andropogen, Blackhawks – Big Blue Stem   4-5′ tall The tall, upright habit of Andropogon ‘Blackhawks’ stands out in the landscape and adds a long season of interest. Deep green foliage takes on a deep purple tones in midsummer then later develops accents of dark purple to near black.  Full sun
Calamagrostis  brachytricha – Reed Grass; 3-4′ tall Calamagrostis brachytricha is a stately grass with large feathery seed plumes. Of all the reed grasses this variety is most tolerant of partial shade, although it will relax some to cascade gently. Plumes are very showy, emerging pink tinged, maturing to tan. Full sun
Calamagrostis acutiflora, Avalanche – Feather Reed Grass 3′ tall silvery tan plumes appear over impressive veritcal grass that boasts a wide white band down the center of each blade. sun pt shade
Calamagrostis acutiflora, Karl Forester – Feather Reed Grass  3-5′ tall This reed grass is a vertical masterpiece and provides wonderful contrast amongst low shrubs and perennials. Often used in naturalized areas, its ultimate size is directly related to the amount of moisture. Even though Calamagrostis can grow in fresh-water bogs, it also does well in drier areas.  sun pt shade
Calamagrostis acutiflora, Lightening Strike – Feather Reed Grass 3′ tall Foliage has wide creamy white center stripes that are edged in green, a different twist on your typical Calamagrostis variety, late summer plumes will persist through winter if not cut back. part to full sun
Calamagrostis acutiflora, Overdam – Feather Reed Grass 3′ tall
Upright form like ‘Karl Foerster’ with central gold variegation on the leaf blades. sun pt shade
Carex buchananii, Firefox, 24″ tall Foxy red-brown blades stand bolt upright. A Jelitto selection, especially effective combined with silver foliage. shade to part shade
Carex morrowii, Ice Dance 12-18″ tall Features grass-like, stiff leaves which are dark green in the center with clean white borders. The moderate spreading habit of this sedge (most sedges are clump-forming) facilitates covering woodland areas with it. Brownish flowers in late spring are insignificant. shade
Carex oshimensis, Evergold 15″ tall prefers moist areas; clumping grass. Shade
Carex oshimensis, Everillo, 12″ tall The solid golden foliage of Carex ‘Everillo’ makes an incredible 1′ tall x 2′ wide elegantly weeping evergreen clump of bright golden foliage to energy-efficiently lighten the woodland garden. A morning sun location helps hold the brightest color, which fades to chartreuse in more shade. Carex ‘Everillo’ is great among hostas and ferns, but it’s also fantastic in mixed color bowl container plantings. part sun to part shade
Chasmanthum latifolium – Northern Sea Oats 30-36″ tall variegated bamboo like foliage.  In late summer silvery green oat leaves are produced in arching stems. Sun to part shade
Erianthus ravennae, Northern Pampas Grass 8-10′ tall with 12-14′ plumes Truly one of the giants of the grass world. Certainly its most outstanding feature is its size. The tall flower stalks of Erianthus extend high above the foliage,and appear in late September to late October. The foliage itself is a handsome gray-green mound, similar in appearance to ‘pampas’ grass and is often used as a substitute in northern growing areas. Prefers full sun and well-draining soil; is somewhat drought tolerant when established. Wet sites shorten its life considerably and leads to extensive winter injury. Spectacular fall color and considered deer resistant when established. Full sun
Festuca glauca, Blue Whiskers  10-12″ tall Compared to classic variety ‘Elijah Blue’, ‘Blue Whiskers’ is a taller, more vigorous variety, with longer leaves and a brighter blue foliage color. The finely textured, bright silvery blue leaves form a fully rounded, robust clump with consistent flower coverage across the habit. Yellow-green flowers appear above the clump on 18-22” scapes in early summer and age to tan as the season progresses.  sun to part sun
Festuca glauca, Elijah Blue  10″ tall blue gray foliage/needs well drained soil.  Drought tolerant.  sun to part sun
Festuca, Cool as Ice  12-18″ tall Festuca ‘Cool as Ice’ is a recent update on a classic ornamental grass. Cool as Ice claim to fame is that it grows slightly taller and much more vigorous than other forms.  It produces  a good tight habit with blue foliage with a hint of green in the spring.  Highly heat tolerant in the landscape. sun to part sun
Hakonechloa macra, All Gold  10-12″ tall Slender arching stems have bright gold-yellow leaves that stay attractive from spring thru fall as along as it receives ample moisture.  Leaf color will vary depending on light. Part shade
Hakonechloa macra, Aureola  14″ tall bright yellow foliage streaked with green lines.  Foliage turns pink-red in fall.  Prefers more shade to look best but loses color in too much shade. Part shade
Hakonechloa macra, Sunflare  12-18″ tall A sport of ‘All Gold’. Bright yellow leaves tipped with rich burgundy. Fall coloring is a combination of chartreuse and gold saturated with tones of burnt orange and burgundy-red. Part shade
Helictotrichon, Sempervirens – Blue Oat Grass 2-3′ tall Graceful fountains of silver-blue blades form neat ornamental clumps that combine well with other grasses. Airy, beige to light brown, terminal panicles appear mid- to late summer. A reliable and attractive accent or specimen, perfect for rock gardens. May remain evergreen in mild winter regions.  full sun
Imperata cylindrica, Red Baron – Japanese Blood Grass 12-18″ tall warm season grass with upright foliage form; slowly spreading color.  In the fall, foliage is blood red.  No flowers. Sun or shade
Leymus arenarius, Blue Dune – Blue Lyme Grass 3-4′ tall Bluer and more heat and humidity resistant than is typical of the species. Sun to shade
Liriope muscari, Big Blue Lilyturf  12-15″ tall Abundant blue flower spikes rise above the attractive, tufted arching, grass-like foliage followed by clusters of black berries. Superior edging, border or groundcover. Tolerates drier conditions when established. Evergreen. Part sun
Liriope muscari, Variegated Lilyturf  6-12″ tall Lilyturf is a great choice for problem sites, such as the dry shade under a tree canopy. ‘Variegata’ is a vibrant, grass-like plant with green foliage, striped with cream. Leaves are wider and more blunt at their tip than grasses, and in warmer climates, the foliage persists through the winter. Clumps run from 1 to 1-1/2 feet tall and half again as wide. Spikes of small blue-violet flowers appear in late September and are followed by dark purple berries. part sun to part shade
Liriope Ophiopogon planiscapus, Black Mondo Grass  5-6″ tall Stunning contrast for the front of the border! Dense, purplish-black, grass like foliage is exceptional. Produces dark lavender flowers and purple fall berries, adding interest. Use in mass as an edging or tuck into mixed containers. Part sun
Miscanthus sinensis, Dixieland  4-5′ tall A dwarf form of Miscanthus s. ‘Variegatus’ with very similar green and white variegated foliage but a shorter, more compact growth habit. This selection should not need staking like its taller cousin. It provides a strong white element to the landscape which is especially pronounced when planted in front of larger shrubs or evergreens. The silky pink plumes which appear in late summer are very showy.  full sun
Miscanthus sinensis, Encore 6-6.5′ tall  ‘Encore’ is a perfect choice for northern climates, where the growing season is shorter. Since it blooms so early, this ornamental grass has a chance for an encore performance, shooting up a secondary flush of coppery purple plumes before frost hits. Blooming starts in late summer to early fall and lasts until mid-fall. The flowers turn to a creamy tan color with age. This perennial forms a tall, upright clump of dark green leaves with white midribs. Before blooming, this plant stands around 4 ½’ tall. Be sure to leave this grass standing so it can provide winter interest through the snowy months.  full sun
Miscanthus sinensis, Graziella  5-6′ tall A wonderful introduction by Ernst Pagels, ‘Graziella’ has very similar attributes of ‘Gracillimus,’ although more upright and arching. Its green foliage is fine and narrow with very attractive blooms held high above the foliage. These blooms open early (in August), making ‘Graziella’ an excellent selection for northern growers. Foliage turns reddish-orange in fall. Overall, a very beautiful and graceful plant. Prefers well-draining soil.  full sun
Miscanthus sinensis, Huron Sunrise 5-6′ tall Huron Sunrise Maiden Grass is well-loved for the profuse amount of blooms it produces. It is a true heavy bloomer, sending beautiful burgundy-hued inflorescences above its green, arching foliage in late summer and into fall. It is a wonderful Miscanthus for screening or as a special specimen.  full sun
Miscanthus sinensis, Little Zebra  3-4′ tall Dwarf grass has graceful, arching blades with eye-catching ivory to yellow highlights. Attractive dense, clump forming habit. In summer, tall upright flower stems are topped with feathery silver-white plumes that soften and curl as they dry. A bold, striking selection for borders and containers. Perfect for naturalized areas or edges of water gardens. sun to part sun
Miscanthus sinensis, Malepartus  5-7′ tall This Miscanthus is best known for its large, abundant blooms that emerge purplish-pink and turn silver with maturity. Its fall foliage is another beautiful feature as it transforms from a medium green to a deep bronze in late summer. Don’t overlook this one. Prefers well-draining soil.  full sun
Miscanthus sinensis, Morning Light 3-5′ tall One of the best and most sought-after Miscanthus varieties. ‘Morning Light’ is a compact grower and offers a fine-textured appearance similar to ‘Gracillimus.’ Its leaves are also narrow and its form neat and arching. Blooms are reddish-bronze, appearing as late as October. Noticeable white-edged variegation. Makes a wonderful container plant. Prefers well-draining soil.  full sun
Miscanthus sinensis, Procupine  6-8′ tall ‘Strictus’ is recognized for its banded variegation of golden-yellow bars. Its growth habit is very upright, resembling porcupine quills. Can tolerate a wide range of soils.  full sun
Miscanthus sinensis purpurascens  4-5′ tall Foliage shows maroon wash turning reddish orange in fall – contrasting nicely with the feathery white plumes. Reddish-tinged flowers appear on tassel-like plumes above the foliage in late summer and in fall gradually become creamy white. Burgundy foliage and creamy white plumes remain long into winter. Picture-perfect with sunshine highlighting the silky plumes.  full sun
Miscanthus sinensis, Zebrunus  6-8′ tall This classic garden cultivar is characterized by its banded variegation of golden-yellow bars. Foliage habit is more arching than upright, distinguishing it from ‘Strictus.’ Blooms appear in September and emerge pinkish copper. Prefers well-draining soil.  full sun
Muhlenbergia capillaris, Fast Forward 2-2.5′ tall Fast Forward’ is a new variety of pink muhly grass that blooms significantly earlier than the species, as early as August, and extends on into winter. Clumps of very narrow deep green leaves are topped with glowing pink, airy flowers on spreading 4 foot stems. Grow muhly grass in full sun and dry, well-drained soil. Plant when the soil is warm. Muhly grass is stunning in masses especially when back lit. Even the beige seed plumes are attractive in winter.  full sun
Muhlenbergia capillaris – Muhly Grass  2-3′ tall  a clump-forming, warm season, perennial grass that is noted for its attractive summer foliage and spectacular clouds of fall flowers. It is native to prairies, pine barrens, and open woodlands from Massachusetts to Kansas south to Florida and Texas.  It is the fall flowering that most distinguishes this grass. Masses of airy, open, loosely branched inflorescences (each to 12” long) in pink to pinkish-red float above the foliage in a lengthy fall bloom. Tan seed plumes remain attractive in winter.   full sun
Nasella – Mexican Feather Grass  18-24″ tall The narrow green blades of this southwestern native form a tidy fountaining clump. In early summer silvery cream-colored flowers open to resemble downy feathers that sway gently with the breeze. In fall the flowers turn amber and remain attractive through winter.  Grow in full sun average to dry soil with good drainage. Water well on planting and regularly until established.  full sun
Panicum, Cheyenne Sky – Switch Grass  30-36″ tall Forms a dense, upright clump of blue-green leaves that turn wine red in early summer. Purple flower panicles appear just above the foliage in late summer. This petite red grass is ideal for containers.  full sun
Panicum, Hot Rod  3-3.5′ tall ‘Hot Rod’ Switch Grass is the earliest Panicum we grow to show significant amounts of burgundy on the blue-green foliage tips. As the summer progresses, the majority of the plant becomes maroon, making a striking note in the landscape. The delicate airy seedheads are also burgundy and float above the foliage starting in July. The fall and winter color is tan. Do not cut Panicums back until March, as their seeds are an important winter food for wildlife.  full sun
Panicum, Totem Pole  6′ tall A mental image of a totem pole brings to mind a tall, narrow, majestic structure – the exact imagery to apply to this new ornamental grass! ‘Totem Pole’ forms a very upright column of steel blue foliage and powdery blue stems. In early fall, the top of the clump explodes with golden seed panicles. The narrow base of the plant makes it an ideal candidate for small spaces in the garden that need height and vertical structure.  full sun
Pennisetum , Burgundy Bunny 18″ tall Clumps of fine leaves are predominantly green with red accents in summer, topped with creamy white bunny-tail flowers. Red foliage percentage increases until the entire plant is ablaze in autumn.  full sun
Pennisetum , Hameln  2-3′ tall Clumps of fine leaves are predominantly green with red accents in summer, topped with creamy white bunny-tail flowers. Red foliage percentage increases until the entire plant is ablaze in autumn.  full sun
Pennisetum , Hush Puppy  3′ tall This seedling of ‘Ginger Love’ has the same intermediate height as its parent, but with noticeably darker seed heads. Its graceful, arching habit has medium to dark green foliage with burgundy accents. The darker red inflorescences begin to show color in late summer and continues until frost. Since this is not a sterile variety, make sure to deadhead seed heads so they don’t seed around.  full sun
Pennisetum, Karley Rose  3-4′ tall Graceful, upright, smoky rose-purple flower spikes that nearly glow when back lit by the sun. Forms a tufted mound of deep green, arching foliage. Longer bloom season, with better cold tolerance than others. A great landscape or container accent. Stunning in mass plantings.  full sun
Pennisetum , Puppy Love  3′ tall
Puppy Love’ has graceful, arching habit has medium to dark green foliage with burgundy accents. The darker red inflorescences begin to show color in late summer and continues until frost. Since this is not a sterile variety, make sure to deadhead seed heads so they don’t seed around.  full sun
Sisyrinchium augustotolim, Lucerne Blue Eyed Grass 10-12″ tall Bright blue star shaped flowers with gold centers rise above fine, semievergreen, Iris-like foliage from May to June.  full sun
Schizachyrium scoparium, Twilgiht Zone – Little Blue Stem  4-4.5′ tall Though native Schizachyriums typically color up in fall, the new ‘Twilight Zone’ possesses a nearly iridescent silvery mauve purple cast all over the whole plant beginning in midsummer. It retains these eerily beautiful tones through fall when brighter purple highlights appear on the flower stems. The attractive foliage forms a strictly upright, narrowly columnar clump that is about half as wide as it is tall. full sun
Andropogen Blackhawks Big Bluestem 4-5′ The tall, upright habit of Andropogon ‘Blackhawks’ stands out in the landscape and adds a long season of interest. Deep green foliage takes on a deep purple tones in midsummer then later develops accents of dark purple to near black.  Full sun
Calamagrostis  brachytricha Reed Grass 3-4′ Calamagrostis brachytricha is a stately grass with large feathery seed plumes. Of all the reed grasses this variety is most tolerant of partial shade, although it will relax some to cascade gently. Plumes are very showy, emerging pink tinged, maturing to tan. Full sun
Calamagrostis acutiflora Avalanche Feather Reed Grass 3′ silvery tan plumes appear over impressive veritcal grass that boasts a wide white band down the center of each blade. sun pt shade
Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Forester Feather Reed Grass 3-5′ This reed grass is a vertical masterpiece and provides wonderful contrast amongst low shrubs and perennials. Often used in naturalized areas, its ultimate size is directly related to the amount of moisture. Even though Calamagrostis can grow in fresh-water bogs, it also does well in drier areas.  sun pt shade
Calamagrostis acutiflora Lightning Strike Feather Reed Grass 3′ Foliage has wide creamy white center stripes that are edged in green, a different twist on your typical Calamagrostis variety, late summer plumes will persist through winter if not cut back. part to full sun
Calamagrostis acutiflora Overdam Feather Reed Grass 3′
Upright form like ‘Karl Foerster’ with central gold variegation on the leaf blades. sun pt shade
Carex buchananii Firefox Sedge 24″ Foxy red-brown blades stand bolt upright. A Jelitto selection, especially effective combined with silver foliage. shade to part shade
Carex elata Bowles Golden – in water plants Variegated Japanese Sedge 18-24″ An ornamental sedge that has shimmering yellow leaves with dark green margins. It reflects its beautiful color on ponds and streams.  Will grow in water 2-3″ deep. part shade to shade
Carex morrowii Ice Dance Variegated Japanese Sedge 12-18″ Features grass-like, stiff leaves which are dark green in the center with clean white borders. The moderate spreading habit of this sedge (most sedges are clump-forming) facilitates covering woodland areas with it. Brownish flowers in late spring are insignificant. shade
Carex oshimensis Evergold Variegated Japanese Sedge 15″ prefers moist areas; clumping grass. Shade
Carex oshimensis Everillo Golden Perennial Sedge 12″ The solid golden foliage of Carex ‘Everillo’ makes an incredible 1′ tall x 2′ wide elegantly weeping evergreen clump of bright golden foliage to energy-efficiently lighten the woodland garden. A morning sun location helps hold the brightest color, which fades to chartreuse in more shade. Carex ‘Everillo’ is great among hostas and ferns, but it’s also fantastic in mixed color bowl container plantings. part sun to part shade
Chasmanthum latifolium Northern Sea Oats Northern Sea Oats 30-36″ variegated bamboo like foliage.  In late summer silvery green oat leaves are produced in arching stems. Sun to part shade
Erianthus ravennae Northern Pampas hardy pampas grass 8-10′ w 12-14′ plumes Truly one of the giants of the grass world. Certainly its most outstanding feature is its size. The tall flower stalks of Erianthus extend high above the foliage,and appear in late September to late October. The foliage itself is a handsome gray-green mound, similar in appearance to ‘pampas’ grass and is often used as a substitute in northern growing areas. Prefers full sun and well-draining soil; is somewhat drought tolerant when established. Wet sites shorten its life considerably and leads to extensive winter injury. Spectacular fall color and considered deer resistant when established. Full sun
Festuca glauca Blue Whiskers Fescue 10-12″ Compared to classic variety ‘Elijah Blue’, ‘Blue Whiskers’ is a taller, more vigorous variety, with longer leaves and a brighter blue foliage color. The finely textured, bright silvery blue leaves form a fully rounded, robust clump with consistent flower coverage across the habit. Yellow-green flowers appear above the clump on 18-22” scapes in early summer and age to tan as the season progresses.  sun to part sun
Festuca glauca Elijah Blue Blue Sheep’s Fescue 10″ blue gray foliage/needs well drained soil.  Drought tolerant.  sun to part sun
Festuca Cool as Ice Fescue 12-18″ Festuca ‘Cool as Ice’ is a recent update on a classic ornamental grass. Cool as Ice claim to fame is that it grows slightly taller and much more vigorous than other forms.  It produces  a good tight habit with blue foliage with a hint of green in the spring.  Highly heat tolerant in the landscape. sun to part sun
Hakonechloa macra All Gold Gold Japanese Forest Grass 10-12″ Slender arching stems have bright gold-yellow leaves that stay attractive from spring thru fall as along as it receives ample moisture.  Leaf color will vary depending on light. Part shade
Hakonechloa macra Aureola Japanese Forest Grass  or Hakone Grass 14″ bright yellow foliage streaked with green lines.  Foliage turns pink-red in fall.  Prefers more shade to look best but loses color in too much shade. Part shade
Hakonechloa macra Sunflare Japanese Forest Grass  or Hakone Grass 12-18″ A sport of ‘All Gold’. Bright yellow leaves tipped with rich burgundy. Fall coloring is a combination of chartreuse and gold saturated with tones of burnt orange and burgundy-red. Part shade
Helictotrichon Sempervirens Blue Oat Grass 2-3′ Graceful fountains of silver-blue blades form neat ornamental clumps that combine well with other grasses. Airy, beige to light brown, terminal panicles appear mid- to late summer. A reliable and attractive accent or specimen, perfect for rock gardens. May remain evergreen in mild winter regions.  full sun
Imperata cylindrica Red Baron Japanese Blood Grass 12-18″ warm season grass with upright foliage form; slowly spreading color.  In the fall, foliage is blood red.  No flowers. Sun or shade
Leymus arenarius Blue Dune Blue Lyme Grass 3-4′ Bluer and more heat and humidity resistant than is typical of the species. Sun to shade
Liriope muscari Big Blue Lilyturf 12-15″ Abundant blue flower spikes rise above the attractive, tufted arching, grass-like foliage followed by clusters of black berries. Superior edging, border or groundcover. Tolerates drier conditions when established. Evergreen. Part sun
Liriope muscari Variegata Lilyturf 6-12″ Lilyturf is a great choice for problem sites, such as the dry shade under a tree canopy. ‘Variegata’ is a vibrant, grass-like plant with green foliage, striped with cream. Leaves are wider and more blunt at their tip than grasses, and in warmer climates, the foliage persists through the winter. Clumps run from 1 to 1-1/2 feet tall and half again as wide. Spikes of small blue-violet flowers appear in late September and are followed by dark purple berries. part sun to part shade
Liriope Ophiopogon planiscapus Black Mondo Grass 5-6″ Stunning contrast for the front of the border! Dense, purplish-black, grass like foliage is exceptional. Produces dark lavender flowers and purple fall berries, adding interest. Use in mass as an edging or tuck into mixed containers. Part sun
Miscanthus sinensis Dixieland Ornamental Grass, Miscanthus 4-5′ A dwarf form of Miscanthus s. ‘Variegatus’ with very similar green and white variegated foliage but a shorter, more compact growth habit. This selection should not need staking like its taller cousin. It provides a strong white element to the landscape which is especially pronounced when planted in front of larger shrubs or evergreens. The silky pink plumes which appear in late summer are very showy.  full sun
Miscanthus sinensis Encore 6-6.5′  ‘Encore’ is a perfect choice for northern climates, where the growing season is shorter. Since it blooms so early, this ornamental grass has a chance for an encore performance, shooting up a secondary flush of coppery purple plumes before frost hits. Blooming starts in late summer to early fall and lasts until mid-fall. The flowers turn to a creamy tan color with age. This perennial forms a tall, upright clump of dark green leaves with white midribs. Before blooming, this plant stands around 4 ½’ tall. Be sure to leave this grass standing so it can provide winter interest through the snowy months.  full sun
Miscanthus sinensis Graziella Maiden Grass 5-6′ A wonderful introduction by Ernst Pagels, ‘Graziella’ has very similar attributes of ‘Gracillimus,’ although more upright and arching. Its green foliage is fine and narrow with very attractive blooms held high above the foliage. These blooms open early (in August), making ‘Graziella’ an excellent selection for northern growers. Foliage turns reddish-orange in fall. Overall, a very beautiful and graceful plant. Prefers well-draining soil.  full sun
Miscanthus sinensis Huron Sunrise 5′, 6′ with blooms Huron Sunrise Maiden Grass is well-loved for the profuse amount of blooms it produces. It is a true heavy bloomer, sending beautiful burgundy-hued inflorescences above its green, arching foliage in late summer and into fall. It is a wonderful Miscanthus for screening or as a special specimen.  full sun
Miscanthus sinensis Little Zebra Little zebra Dwarf Japanese Silver Grass 3-4′ Dwarf grass has graceful, arching blades with eye-catching ivory to yellow highlights. Attractive dense, clump forming habit. In summer, tall upright flower stems are topped with feathery silver-white plumes that soften and curl as they dry. A bold, striking selection for borders and containers. Perfect for naturalized areas or edges of water gardens. sun to part sun
Miscanthus sinensis Malepartus Japanese Silver Grass 5-7′ This Miscanthus is best known for its large, abundant blooms that emerge purplish-pink and turn silver with maturity. Its fall foliage is another beautiful feature as it transforms from a medium green to a deep bronze in late summer. Don’t overlook this one. Prefers well-draining soil.  full sun
Miscanthus sinensis Morning Light Japanese Silver Grass, Eulalia grass 3-5′ One of the best and most sought-after Miscanthus varieties. ‘Morning Light’ is a compact grower and offers a fine-textured appearance similar to ‘Gracillimus.’ Its leaves are also narrow and its form neat and arching. Blooms are reddish-bronze, appearing as late as October. Noticeable white-edged variegation. Makes a wonderful container plant. Prefers well-draining soil.  full sun
Miscanthus sinensis Porcupine Porcupine Grass 6-8′ ‘Strictus’ is recognized for its banded variegation of golden-yellow bars. Its growth habit is very upright, resembling porcupine quills. Can tolerate a wide range of soils.  full sun
Miscanthus sinensis purpurascens 4-5′ Foliage shows maroon wash turning reddish orange in fall – contrasting nicely with the feathery white plumes. Reddish-tinged flowers appear on tassel-like plumes above the foliage in late summer and in fall gradually become creamy white. Burgundy foliage and creamy white plumes remain long into winter. Picture-perfect with sunshine highlighting the silky plumes.  full sun
Miscanthus sinensis Zebrinus Zebra Grass 6-8′ This classic garden cultivar is characterized by its banded variegation of golden-yellow bars. Foliage habit is more arching than upright, distinguishing it from ‘Strictus.’ Blooms appear in September and emerge pinkish copper. Prefers well-draining soil.  full sun
Muhlenbergia capillaris Fast Forward Muhly Grass 2-2.5′ Fast Forward’ is a new variety of pink muhly grass that blooms significantly earlier than the species, as early as August, and extends on into winter. Clumps of very narrow deep green leaves are topped with glowing pink, airy flowers on spreading 4 foot stems. Grow muhly grass in full sun and dry, well-drained soil. Plant when the soil is warm. Muhly grass is stunning in masses especially when back lit. Even the beige seed plumes are attractive in winter.  full sun
Muhlenbergia capillaris Muhly Grass 2-3′  a clump-forming, warm season, perennial grass that is noted for its attractive summer foliage and spectacular clouds of fall flowers. It is native to prairies, pine barrens, and open woodlands from Massachusetts to Kansas south to Florida and Texas.  It is the fall flowering that most distinguishes this grass. Masses of airy, open, loosely branched inflorescences (each to 12” long) in pink to pinkish-red float above the foliage in a lengthy fall bloom. Tan seed plumes remain attractive in winter.   full sun
Nasella Mexican Feather Grass 18-24″ The narrow green blades of this southwestern native form a tidy fountaining clump. In early summer silvery cream-colored flowers open to resemble downy feathers that sway gently with the breeze. In fall the flowers turn amber and remain attractive through winter.  Grow in full sun average to dry soil with good drainage. Water well on planting and regularly until established.  full sun
Panicum Cheyenne Sky Switch Grass 30-36″ Forms a dense, upright clump of blue-green leaves that turn wine red in early summer. Purple flower panicles appear just above the foliage in late summer. This petite red grass is ideal for containers.  full sun
Panicum Hot Rod Switch Grass 3-3.5′ ‘Hot Rod’ Switch Grass is the earliest Panicum we grow to show significant amounts of burgundy on the blue-green foliage tips. As the summer progresses, the majority of the plant becomes maroon, making a striking note in the landscape. The delicate airy seedheads are also burgundy and float above the foliage starting in July. The fall and winter color is tan. Do not cut Panicums back until March, as their seeds are an important winter food for wildlife.  full sun
Panicum Totem Pole Switch Grass 6′ A mental image of a totem pole brings to mind a tall, narrow, majestic structure – the exact imagery to apply to this new ornamental grass! ‘Totem Pole’ forms a very upright column of steel blue foliage and powdery blue stems. In early fall, the top of the clump explodes with golden seed panicles. The narrow base of the plant makes it an ideal candidate for small spaces in the garden that need height and vertical structure.  full sun
Pennisetum Burgandy Bunny Fountain Grass 18″ Clumps of fine leaves are predominantly green with red accents in summer, topped with creamy white bunny-tail flowers. Red foliage percentage increases until the entire plant is ablaze in autumn.  full sun
Pennisetum Hameln Fountain Grass 2-3′ Clumps of fine leaves are predominantly green with red accents in summer, topped with creamy white bunny-tail flowers. Red foliage percentage increases until the entire plant is ablaze in autumn.  full sun
Pennisetum Hush Puppy Fountain Grass 3′ This seedling of ‘Ginger Love’ has the same intermediate height as its parent, but with noticeably darker seed heads. Its graceful, arching habit has medium to dark green foliage with burgundy accents. The darker red inflorescences begin to show color in late summer and continues until frost. Since this is not a sterile variety, make sure to deadhead seed heads so they don’t seed around.  full sun
Pennisetum Karley Rose Fountain Grass 3-4′ Graceful, upright, smoky rose-purple flower spikes that nearly glow when back lit by the sun. Forms a tufted mound of deep green, arching foliage. Longer bloom season, with better cold tolerance than others. A great landscape or container accent. Stunning in mass plantings.  full sun
Pennisetum Puppy Love Fountain Grass 3′
Puppy Love’ has graceful, arching habit has medium to dark green foliage with burgundy accents. The darker red inflorescences begin to show color in late summer and continues until frost. Since this is not a sterile variety, make sure to deadhead seed heads so they don’t seed around.  full sun
Sisyrinchium augustotolim Lucerne Blue-Eyed Grass 10-12″ Bright blue star shaped flowers with gold centers rise above fine, semievergreen, Iris-like foliage from May to June.  full sun
Schizachyrium scoparium Twilight Zone Little Blue Stem 4-4.5′ Though native Schizachyriums typically color up in fall, the new ‘Twilight Zone’ possesses a nearly iridescent silvery mauve purple cast all over the whole plant beginning in midsummer. It retains these eerily beautiful tones through fall when brighter purple highlights appear on the flower stems. The attractive foliage forms a strictly upright, narrowly columnar clump that is about half as wide as it is tall. full sun