Deep green glossy leaf blades makes Italian (or annual) ryegrass a fast-growing, easy-to-sow option for instant lawns when temperatures are cool and soils moist. If never mowed, this clumping grass becomes an upright, fountain-shaped mass of narrow leaves and stems that may have hints of pink. When maintained low (about 3 inches/7 cm tall), it creates a dense, finely textured lawn, although a bit coarser in texture when compared to perennial ryegrass.
The dark green blades of Italian ryegrass...
(Silky Spike Melic)
Silky spike melic is a billow-mounding ornamental grass that displays large, puffy, caterpillar-like seedheads that dance in the breeze. A herbaceous perennial, it is native to Europe, western Asia and extreme northern Africa. The smooth, narrow leaf blades are green, emerging new in spring, and by late spring the tall, thin stems of the flower clusters develop. These small spikelets are at the tips of the erect stems and are creamy white as they open, and then the seeds mature with tufts of white...
James H. Schutte
(Pink Crystals Ruby Grass, Ruby Grass, Zizka)
The rose-hued grassy plumes of ‘Pink Crystals’ make this tough ruby grass extra pretty in summer. Ruby grass is a cold-tender evergreen perennial is native to Madagascar and the grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa. It is quite tolerant of heat and drought and well-suited to western and southwestern landscapes.
In summer ‘Pink Crystals’ produces shiny, deep dusty rose plumes that slowly fade to pink and then finally to white as they age. The attractive seedheads gently weep above neat tufted...
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(Ruby Grass, Zizka)
Savannah ruby grass is loved for the mauve-pink seed heads that weep above the thin, curling, pale blue-green leaves. It is a tufted, cold-tender perennial grass native to Madagascar and the grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa. In summer it produces shiny, wine-colored inflorescences (clusters of flowers along the stem tip) that fade slowly to pink and then finally to ivory as they mature. The leaves are blade-like, bluish gray-green, and gracefully curled. Small birds will eat the seeds.
(Millet Grass, Wood Millet)
Millet grass is a clumping grass with pale to medium green leaves and a tall, sparsely-spaced flower cluster atop tall stems. This perennial grass is native to the eastern United States and Maritime Provinces of Canada. Typically not used as an ornamental, it is usually seen growing under the shade of trees in low, moist areas. The leaf blades are smooth and soft, weeping at their tips. If crushed, the leaves release a pleasing, sweet hay fragrance. In mid and late summer, a tall, thin stem rises...
James H. Schutte
(Bowles's Golden Grass, Millet Grass, Wood Millet)
Bowles's golden grass is a clumping grass with vivid yellow to chartreuse leaves that are graceful and gently drooping. This perennial grass is native to the eastern United States and Maritime Provinces of Canada. The leaf blades are smooth, soft, brightest yellow and upright when short, weeping at their tips as their height increases and color becomes slightly more green by early summer. If crushed, they have a scent of sweet hay. In mid and late summer, a tall, thin stem rises above the leaves....
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Miscanthus are a group of about 15 species of grasses native to Africa and Asia. They are tropical or subtropical grasses that are clump forming, may reach up to 12 feet tall,5 feet wide, have a medium green leaf with a prominent white colored mid-rib. The tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, and drought. Some species are used for ornamental plantings as accent plants in the landscape, as a screen, as a hedge, in pots, and in dried flower arrangements. Some species are known to product large...
A slow-growing, very tall-maturing perennial grass, the giant silvergrass is not foremost known for use in gardens, but as a potential biofuel source. Giant silvergrass is sterile (doesn't produce seeds), the result of genetically crossing Miscanthus sacchariflorus and M. sinensis. This hybrid first occurred naturally where both species existed in the same landscape. While the growth of the underground rhizome roots is slow, the above-ground canes and leaves of this warm-season...
(Eulalia, Japanese Silvergrass, Purple Silvergrass)
Purple silvergrass is a tall, dense, upright clump forming grass. Its long slender blades are green and turn shades of purple-red and orange in fall and fade to a wheat color in winter. In the late summer to fall, plants produce tall, upright stems topped with feathery, silver-white to rose plumes that soften and curl as they dry. These remain attractive throughout winter.
Silvergrass prefers full sun and tolerates a wide range of moderately drained soils. Plants form substantial clumps that...