Grasses

Grasses are an integral component of the perennial landscape. They provide long-season interest with summer foliage, fall flowers, and a dried winter appeal. They are very disease resistant and require little maintenance.

Our dormant grasses are potted in 3.5" pots, packed 24/tray. They are 1-year old plants, fully rooted, with large crowns ready to explode in spring.

Plant: Make sure pots are adequately moist prior to planting. Pots that are too dry when potting may struggle to absorb enough moisture to stimulate growth, especially in hot weather. Spread out any spiraled roots for quicker growth.

Grow: Use a well-drained soil that has good water-retention with a pH of 6 - 6.5. Most grasses grow best in moist soil but do not tolerate being too wet.

Temperatures: Grasses require warm temperatures, especially Miscanthus, in order to break dormancy. Grow in a greenhouse at a minimum 60F. Cool season grasses, such as Calamagrostis, Festuca, Helictotrichon, and Phalaris, can be grown cooler if so desired. If growing outside or in a cold frame, please delay your order until outside temperatures have warmed accordingly.

Light Levels: Grow in full sun, minimum 5000 foot candles. Too much shade will cause most grasses to stretch and become leggy.

Water: Keep evenly moist until growth appears. Once established, grasses can be allowed to dry out between watering.

Fertilizer: Grasses are moderate to heavy feeders. Once actively growing, feed with 100 - 200 ppm Nitrogen for best growth.

Early Flowering: Most grasses are long day plants and are marketed in spring without flowers. For quicker growth and earlier flowering, provide long days and grow at 68 - 72F.

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  • Bouteloua - Blue Grama Grass

    A North American native, this short prairie grass is very drought tolerant and requires very little maintenance.

  • Blue Grama Grass

    Plant Select gardeners survey's best perennial of 2013, mid to late summer chartreuse flag-like blooms, blonde seed heads by fall, provided plenty of winter interest. Tolerant of many soil types which is ideal for the low maintenance landscape.
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    2-3'
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  • Calamagrostis - Feather Reed Grass

    Strong vertical effect with showy summer plumes and attractive winter seed heads. Prefers moist soils and full sun.

  • Feather Reed Grass

    Wide white centers and narrow green margins (opposite variegation of Overdam), upright clumps emerge in spring earlier than most ornamental grasses.
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    3-4'
    3" Plug
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  • Feather Reed Grass

    Attractive clumping grass with upright growth habit, green leaves, feathery plumes bloom early summer and mature to attractive tan-colored seed heads in fall and winter.
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  • Feather Reed Grass

    Nice upward clumping habit, narrow green leaves with variegated white edge, feathery plumes with wheat-colored seed heads in fall and winter.
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  • Feather Reed Grass

    Medium green clumping grass with a more open form, tall stems with fluffy bottle-brush like plumes gracefully arch from the clump, plumes open slightly pink and dry to a bronze hue, tolerates moist locations.
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  • NEW FOR 2019
    Calamagrostis xacutiflora Lightning Strike™

    Feather Reed Grass

    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.
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  • Carex - Sedge

    Low mounding grass that prefers moist soil. Use as a ground cover or around ponds and streams.

  • Sedge

    Highly variegated with creamy yellow leaves with dark green margins, nicely clumping with aching leaves.
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  • Sedge

    Dark green leaves with white edges, this low spreading grass will slowly fill in and prevent weeds, great for a woodland garden, deer and disease resistant.

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    12-15'
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  • Sedge

    Neat mounding habit with dark green leaves edged in lime-green, gracefully arching, perfect for a splash of color in the shade garden.
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    12-18'
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  • Sedge

    Neat mounding habit with brightly variegated dark green leaves striped with gold centers, gracefully arching, perfect for a splash of color in the shade garden.
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    12-16'
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  • Festuca - Blue Fescue Grass

    Forms small, dense mounds o tufted leaves with small seed heads held nicely above the foliage. Prefers cooler weather. Grown mostly for its colorful foliage.

  • Blue Fescue Grass

    Intense powder blue that holds it's color throughout the season, the "best" fescue on the market today!
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    9-12'
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  • Blue Fescue Grass

    Forms short rounded clumps of soft powder blue foliage, maintains good summer color.
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  • Hakonechloa - Japanese Forest Grass

    Slow spreading grass with very graceful arching foliage. Prefers partial shade. Combines wonderfully with Astilbe, Hosta and Pulmonaria.

  • Japanese Forest Grass

    Long arching stems with narrow golden yellow leaves.
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    14-16'
    3" Plug
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  • Japanese Forest Grass

    Long arching bamboo-like golden leaves with narrow dark green margins, perfect accent plant for the shady garden
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    14-16'
    3" Plug
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  • Japanese Forest Grass

    A sport of the popular selection 'All Gold', SunFlare™ offers your shade garden a bright splash of color, spring foliage will start with shades of chartreuse-gold and yellow that are tipped with burgundy, the fall foliage will add tones of bur
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    12-18'
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  • Helictotrichon - Blue Oat Grass

    A taller version of Fescue with wider leaves and gracefully arching inflorescence.

  • Blue Oat Grass

    Improved silver-blue color, nice tufting foliage with arching panicles in summer.
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    24-'
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  • Miscanthus - Maiden Grass

    Tall clumping grass with attractive foliage and colorful inflorescence late summer into winter. Use to add height and form to the garden. Also good for a hedge.

  • Maiden Grass

    Very narrow green leaves with gracefully arching habit, tall coppery-red plumes late summer.
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    5-6'
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  • Maiden Grass

    Narrow arching grass-green foliage emerges in spring then turns a bright red-purple in summer, red color will intensify in fall. Tidy clumping compact habit, great for containers.
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  • Maiden Grass

    A compact cultivar that is noted for its cream colored horizontally banded foliage and wine-purple plumes, foliage and flowers offer great summer and fall interest in the garden.
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  • Maiden Grass

    More compact, narrow green leaves with narrow variegated white edge, very graceful and elegant looking, reddish-bronze plumes bloom early fall.
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  • Maiden Grass

    Clump forming with wider leaves, green summer foliage turns brilliant red-orange in fall, narrow silvery plumes mid-summer.
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  • Maiden Grass

    Deep green foliage with distinct silver mid-ribs, gracefully arching form, large silvery plumes bloom earlier than most varieties, a hardier selection.
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    6-7'
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  • Maiden Grass

    Broad green leaves with bold white striped edges, arching form creates wide clumps, beige plumes bloom late summer.
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    5-7'
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  • Panicum - Switch Grass

    Medium to tall clumping grass with rigid upright stems. Blooms late summer into fall.

  • Switch Grass

    Start your engines because this cultivar goes from blue to red faster and earlier than any other, the upright foliage starts out blue-green and then turns to deep maroon earlier in the season than most Switch Grasses, the maroon color intensifies as
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    36-40'
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  • NEW FOR 2019
    Panicum virgatum Northwind

    Switch Grass

    Very sturdy and upright form with wide blue-green foliage, slender upright panicles bloom within the top of foliage creating a very vertical and formal look, very weather resistant, tan plumes in late summer and golden yellow fall foliage provide exc
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  • Switch Grass

    Green spring upright foliage turns red by July and intensifies as summer progresses, adding to its color are bright red plumes in late summer
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  • Pennisetum - Fountain Grass

    Wonderful mounding grass with gracefully arching foliage and stems. Attractive bottlebrush-like flowers bloom late summer. Very floriferous.

  • Fountain Grass

    A sport of Little Bunny, miniature fountain grass with red summer highlights, foliage turns blazing red by fall till frost, tan bottlebrush flowers, appear for many months.
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  • Fountain Grass

    Compact mounds with rosy-pink bottlebrush flowers, blooms mid-summer, very floriferous, nice winter appeal.
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  • Schizachyrium - Little Bluestem

    A short native clumping grass noted for its blue summer foliage and bright fall color. Excellent for massing or naturalizing as a ground cover.

  • Little Bluestem

    A taller and hardier selection from the U of MN, stronger stems form sturdier more upright clumps than other species, dark blue summer foliage turns burgundy by late summer and then fades to red by fall, long thin wispy seed heads add a graceful appe
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  • Little Bluestem

    Wonderful silver-blue foliage with exceptional burgundy-red fall color, narrow upright seed heads bloom all summer, tolerates heat and humidity.
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  • Sesleria - Moor Grass

    A small cool season grass that's clumping in habit. Silvery-white plumes sway above narrow green foliage in summer.

  • Autumn Moor Grass

    Slender, white fuzzy flowers appear in early summer above clumps of narrow green blades, flowers then turn tan in fall and the foliage turns golden, tolerates many soil types from sand to clay.
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    12-18'
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  • Sporobolus - Prairie Dropseed

    A native grass with very fine leaves with a dense clumping habit. Plants are drought tolerant and grow in a wide range of soils.

  • Prairie Dropseed

    Narrow emerald green leaves gracefully arch from the clump, tall inflorescences of silver flowers boom late summer, wonderful deep orange fall color,
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    24-36'
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