(Switchgrass, Trailblazer Switchgrass)
The bold, metallic blue-green foliage of this relatively compact switchgrass looks great all season. It is a highly adaptable perennial bunchgrass that originates from the fields and prairies of the United States and Canada. In summer it offers lots of soft flower panicles that lend a natural feel to native gardens.
The blades of switchgrass are long, narrow, densely packed and upright. It forms neat clumps that spread over time and become quite bushy. Large airy floral plumes appear from midsummer...
Carol Cloud Bailey
A large ornamental grass, tussock paspalum forms clumps of light bluish green foliage and can send up tall wispy flower spikes twice a year (or more) in frost-free regions. This warm-season perennial bunchgrass forms thick clumps, and in fertile and moist soils will aggressively spread via underground stems called rhizomes and by seed. Thus, it can be invasive, and is considered quite noxious in Australia. Tussock paspalum is native to Uruguay, Paruguay, Brazil and Argentina.
This tall plant...
Forest & Kim Starr
(Biscuit Grass, Seashore Paspalum)
Seashore Paspalum is a perennial grass native to warm subtropical and tropical coastal regions worldwide. It is used for turf and pastures. It has lance-shaped, fine textured leaves which grow in short, upright plantlets. Seashore Paspalum spreads via stolons (underground, lateral stems) and rhizomes (above ground lateral stems) and forms dense mats of thick turf. The white flowers are held on upright pairs of forked spikelets and are followed by a few fertile, yellow seeds. Seashore Paspalum is...
(Chinese Fountaingrass, Fountaingrass)
Popular and tough, fountaingrass is an attractive perennial that makes a great addition to sunny borders. This East Asian native forms neat clumped mounds of graceful pale to medium green arching blades. From summer to fall, large feathery spikes of flowers arise from thin arching stems. These soft spikes may be cream, tan or rose-hued. The leaves and flowers of fountaingrass turn golden brown in autumn and persist through winter, but should be cut back in spring.
Fountaingrass prefers full...
Mark A. Miller
(Fountaingrass, Foxtrot Fountaingrass)
This Kurt Bluemel introduction is the mother of all fountaingrass cultivars. It’s absolutely huge and offers gloriously large, upright floral plumes that are sure to make a big garden statement. This sun-loving perennial bunch grass is also as easy as pie to grow.
The long fine blades of ‘Foxtrot’ are medium green and lightly scabrous to the touch. From summer to fall, it offers tall, feathery, cream-colored flower spikes that arise from tall straight stems. In fall the flowers and foliage...
(Fountaingrass, Hameln Fountaingrass)
The neat, compact habit of Hameln fountaingrass makes this tough perennial a great selection for sunny summer borders. In spring, plants form neat clumped mounds of arching, pale to medium green, blades. From summer to fall, large feathery flower spikes of ivory arise from thin arching stems. Both its leaves and flowers turn a wheat color in autumn and persist through winter, but should be cut back in spring.
Fountaingrass grows its finest in full sun and average, well drained soil. It looks...
(Fountaingrass, Little Bunny Fountaingrass)
The small, compact habit of 'Little Bunny' makes this sweet fountaingrass a great selection for sunny summer borders. In spring, plants form neat, clumped mounds of pale to medium green, blades. From summer to fall, large feathery flower spikes of ivory arise from thin upright stems. Both its leaves and flowers turn a wheat color in autumn and persist through winter, but should be cut back in spring.
Fountaingrass is best grown in full sun and average, well drained soil. It looks best when planted...
(Fountaingrass, Little Honey Fountaingrass)
This curious compact fountaingrass is an attractive perennial bunch grass that makes a great addition to sunny borders. It is essentially a variegated form of the popular dwarf 'Little Bunny.'
The variegated blades of ‘Little Honey’ are pale to medium green with white stripes. The variegation is most apparent in early spring and can revert to green over time. From summer to fall, it offers large, feathery, cream-colored flower spikes that arise from thin straight stems. In fall the flowers...