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Grasses and Grasslike Plants
 

This list covers most of the grasses, bamboo and grass like plants in the catalogue but not all, so look in the perennial section for others (dierama, iris, sisyrinchium etc.).  They have proven to be very hard to describe and if one can, it is best to go look at some in a botanical garden. Good architectural plants for the garden. We have many other grasses available at the nursery.

 

Acorus gramineus `variegatus' Variegated Sweet Flag 1gal $10.00ea
Ht.15-40cm.  Z7.  Green leaves with white stripes.  Evergreen.  Very easy to grow, forming clumps with distinctive fan shaped clumps within.  Plant in sun to light shade  in moist soil.

Borinda angussisima Bamboo................................. $30.00ea
Ht.3-4m. Z8. A wonderful clumping bamboo.

Calamagrostis xacutiflora 'Karl Foerster'........ 1gal $10.00ea
Ht. 150-180cm. Z4. A nice grass with green blades and green bloom spikes which age to gold.

Carex acuta Graceful Sedge....................... 11cm pot $4.50ea
Ht.20-40cm. Z3.  This species makes a nice groundcover in shade to part sun and can even be used around ponds.  A tufted grass with glaucous green leaves with reddish brown sheathes. 

Carex`Coman's Bronze' Leather Sedge..................... $4.50ea
Ht.30cm. Z5.  This is a lovely coppery-bronzy brown. 

Carex flagellifera Bronze form.................................. $4.50ea
This is a great form of the Orange sedge with bronze tinted foliage.

Carex morrowii `Ice Dance’............................ 1gal $10.00ea
Ht. 30-45cm.  Z5.  Very nice, well behaved sedge with weeping, shiny green foliage edged and striped with silver.

Carex oshimensis Evergold   Evergold Sedge  ......... $10.00ea
Ht.30cm. Z6. Lush clumper with arching variegated foliage.

Carex pendula maxima Drooping or weeping sedge $10.00ea
Tuft forming evergreen sedge with shiny mid green leaves and showy arching catkins.

Carex plantaginea Seersucker Sedge........................ $10.00ea
Ht.20-30cm. Z4. Seersucker sedge makes a great texture plant for moist, shady places (can also tolerate dry shade).  Clumps are composed of strap-shaped, puckered, shiny green foliage.

Carex tenuiculmis .................................................... $4.50ea
Ht. 30-40cm. This  New Zealand Native has a clumping or tussock habit and bronze red leaves.

Carex testacea  Orange New Zealand Sedge............... $4.50ea
Ht.30-45cm. Z7.  A loosely tufted sedge with orange highlights on bronzy green foliage.

Chusquea culeou Clumping Bamboo............. 7gal $105.00ea
Ht.to 5m. Z7. When mature, this gorgeous clumping bamboo from Chile looks like giant clumps of feather dusters atop interesting yellow-green solid wood canes. Lovely upright habit with gently weeping or arching tops. This excellent bamboo makes a striking specimen or privacy screen when planted in multiples.

Danthonia californica California Oat Grass.............. $4.00ea
N.A Native. Ht.1M. Clumping erect grass with short flattish foliage.

Elymus mollis Dune Grass............................... 1gal $12.00ea
Native. Ht.50-150cm. Z4.   A large glaucus blue grass that grows often in the spray zone on small island and coastal beaches.

Eriophorum angustifolium  Cotton Grass........ 10cm $4.00ea
Native.  Ht. 20-50cm.  Z4.  Narrow, grassy leaves arise from spreading rhizomes.  Flowers consist of clusters of 2 or more drooping spikelets.  In fruit; each seedlike achene is surrounded by several long, snowy white filaments forming a cottony head.

Fargesia denudata Bamboo.................................... $30.00ea
Ht.3-5m. Z6. Similar to F. murielae but has shorter branches and smaller leaves.

Fargesia murielae  Umbrella Bamboo........ 5 gallon $59.00ea
....................................................................... 2gal $25.00ea
Ht.3-5m. Z6. A beautiful clumping bamboo with a soft cascading canopy of lush green leaves.  Very nice plants.

Festuca idahoensis Blue Bunch Grass........ 11cm pot $4.50ea
Native. Ht.20-30cm. Z4.  This wild form of the species with, finely textured, greyish blue-green foliagenot a silvery blue cultivar. A nice, hardy, drought tolerant, bunching grass.

Festuca idahoensis ssp. roemeri ............... 10cm pot $4.50ea
Native. Ht. 30-45cm.  Z5. This is a coastal form that tends to make nice tufts of blue green.

Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola'.............................. $13.00ea
Ht.25cm.  Z5  This compact Japanese Forest grass has yellow and green variegated foliage.

Hakonechloa macra ‘albostriata'......................... $13.00ea
Ht.25cm.  Z5  This compact Japanese Forest grass has white and green variegated foliage.

Hakonechloa macra `All Gold’............................. $13.00ea
Ht. 25cm.  Z5. This compact Japanese Forest Grass has golden foliage with no variegation. Really brightens a shady spot.

Luzula multiflora ( L. campestris) Field Woodrush 10cm pt $4.00ea
Native.  Ht. 10-25cm.  Z6.  Densely tufted perennial with grass-like leaves. Flowers in dense head-like clusters followed by showy, brown, egg-shaped seed capsules surrounded by somewhat frilly bracts.  Shade to semi-shade.

Luzula nivea Snow Rush, Snowy Woodrush............... $4.50ea
Ht.40-60cm. Z6. Evergreen clump forming rush with white flower clusters in May-June.

Millium effusum `Aureum' Bowles Golden Grass 10cm pt $4.00ea
Ht. 30cm. Incredible golden lemon bunches in spring with yellow flowers in summer.  Plant in shade, or in sun if moisture is sufficient.

Miscanthus sinensis purpurascens.......................... $10.00ea
Ht 90-120cm.  Z3. A particularly showy grass with reddish green foliage in spring and summer which turns a brilliant orange red in fall. Oatmeal coloured blooms are flushed with pink.

Ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens Black Mondo Grass $10.00ea
Ht.20-35cm. Z5. A nice evergreen groundcover grass-like plant with black foliage.  Flowers are white followed by shiny black fruits.

Panicum virgatum `Haense Herns’....................... $10.00ea
Ht.120cm. Z4. A great accent grass with red flowers in summer/fall and gorgeous red-orange foliage in the fall.

Pennisetum alopecuroides Fountain grass........ 1gal $10.00ea
Ht.80-100cm.  Z6.  Stems clumped. Slender upright flower panicles are yellow green to dark purple in late summer.

Pennisetum alopecuroides `Hameln’..................... $10.00ea
Ht. 75cm.  Z5.  This is the dwarf form of the species and perfect for a spot where the species is too tall. It tends to bloom earlier, so is great for areas with a short growing season.

Phormium Apricot Queen....................................... $29.00ea
Ht.50cm. Z8-9. Low compact growing habit with sword shaped leaves of soft pastel yellow tinted apricot in the winter with dark green margins and  bronze edges.

Phormium Black Rage........................................... $15.00ea
Ht.75cm. Z8-9. An excellent selection of New Zealand flax with a nice upright habit and gorgeous near black foliage.

Phormium tenax purpureum................................. $15.00ea
Ht.120cm. Z8-9. Nice New Zealand flax with broad, stiff purplish red foliage.

Phormium 'Carousel'............................................. $29.00ea
Ht. 60cm. Z8-9.  Foliage is a bronze green with red margins.

Phormium cookianum  Cookianum New Zealand Flax $29.00ea
Ht.100cm. Z8-9.  Green foliage with a drooping habit.

Phormium cookianum 'Flamingo'......................... $29.00ea
Ht.50cm. Z8-9. A compact flax with sword-like leaves which have  vertical orange-pink, light green and yellow stripes.  Compact habit.


Phormium 'Pink Stripe'.......................................... $29.00ea
Ht. 150cm. Z8-9. Broad bronze foliage edged pink.

Phormium 'Rainbow Queen'.................................. $29.00ea
Ht. 120cm. Z8-9. Broad upright, variegated foliage drooping at the tips with rose red stripes on a bronzy background

Phormium 'Rainbow Sunrise'................................. $29.00ea
Ht. 80cm. Z8-9. Foliage is bronze with red and pink variations, tending to be more pink in the center.

Phormium tenax 'purpureum'................................ $12.00ea
Ht. 120cm. Z8-9. Broad stiff, purplish red leaves. Young plant.

Phormium tenax 'variegatum'................................ $29.00ea
Ht. 120cm. Z8-9. Broad stiff, olive green blades banded with creamy-yellow.

Phormium 'Wings of Gold'..................................... $29.00ea
Ht. 60cm. Z8-9. Foliage is olive green with cream-yellow margin.

Phyllostachys aureosulcata Golden Grooved Bamboo 2gal $20.00ea
Ht.3-5m.  Z6.  We are offering small clumps, 30-60cm in height, of this hardy bamboo.  Typical green stems with a yellow streak down the stem.   Will form a nice 2-4m. clump in a couple of years.

Scirpus americanus American bullrush............ 10cm $4.00ea
Native.  Ht.15-100cm.  Z4.  Used in basket making and reclamation.

Scirpus atrovirens Dark green bullrush............. 10cm $4.00ea
Native.  Ht.50cm.  Z4.  Grown mainly for the brown cluster of flowers. Dark green foliage in clumps; grow in moist soil in sun to light shade.

Scirpus microcarpus  Small floweredBullrush... 10cm $4.00ea
Native.  Ht.50-150cm.  Z4.   A tall bullrush used in swamps, fens and waterways as well as in reclamation.

Typha latifolia Common Cattail............... 1gal$10.00ea
Native. Ht1-3M. Zone2. These are the cattails you see from here to Alaska in every marshy spot.

 

 

 

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