Carol Cloud Bailey
(Clumping Bamboo, Common Bamboo, Painted Bamboo)
Common bamboo ‘Vittata’ is valued as an ornamental species. It bears golden yellow culms with thing dark green vertical lines or striations.
Common bamboo is grown and naturalized throughout the subtropical and tropical regions of the world. It is native to SE Asia. This bamboo is used in construction of everything from structures to boats to musical instruments. It has long been cultivated for medicinal uses and is favored as an ornamental for screens and hedges. Common bamboo is not used...
(Sideoats Grama Grass)
Sideoats grama grass is a versatile, clumping, warm season ornamental grass with pretty red flowers on decorative stems from summer to fall. This perennial is native to much of the New World, from Canada southward all the way to Argentina in South America. In spring the gray-green leaves remain compact, making a nice filler among the spring and summer blooming prairie wildflowers. By midsummer, this grass sends up slightly taller stems that have purple-turning-green oat-shaped flowerbuds that will...
Gerald L. Klingaman
The dense turf grass, buffalograss, is a warm season perennial native to the Central Plains of the North America, from Manitoba, Canada down to Mexico. It is very drought tolerant and was one of the most important food sources for the great herds of bison that once roamed the plains.
This is one of the best native grasses for turf and lawns. It has curly, thin, gray-green blades and spreads by both stolons (above ground lateral stems) and rhizomes (below ground lateral stems). Its grassy late-season...
(Blue Grama Grass, Mosquito Grass)
Blue grama grass is a perennial warm season grass grown for its fine, gray-green leaves and one-sided decorative flowers. A compact grower, it is native to the arid western United States and Mexico where soils are dry and alkaline.
Fine, narrow, gray-green leaves emerge in spring. In summer slender stems rise above the foliage lined with one-sided flower buds that resemble mosquito larvae. The tiny flowers are reddish purple when they open and quite decorative lining the stem tips. In autumn the...
(Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass, Blue Grama Grass)
An exceptionally showy, heavy-flowering selection of blue grama grass, 'Blond Ambition' is a perennial warm-season grass grown for its one-sided, horizontal decorative flowers and blond, light yellow-tan seed heads. An upright, clumping plant larger than the wild grass species, it is native to the arid western United States and Mexico where soils are dry and alkaline. Cultivar 'Blonde Ambition' was discovered and introduced by David Salman of High Country Gardens in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
James H. Schutte
(Perennial Quaking Grass)
Common quaking grass is a perennial, tufted grass grown mostly for its interesting seed pods. It is native to Eurasia and naturalized in the cooler regions of North America. The leaves are linear, narrow, flat, upright and green to blue-green in color. Common quaking grass spreads slowly by rhizome (underground stem). Flowers are small and green held in lacy branched heads on stiff, leafless stalks well above the foliage, doubling the size of the plant. They appear later spring into summer. The fruit...
James H. Schutte
(Feather Reed Grass)
This classic ornamental grass offers a desirable upright habit and has sterile blooms so no need to worry about weediness. It is a cross between Calamagrostis arundinacea and C. epigejos.
Feather reed grass is a hardy perennial with bright green narrow blades forming a neat upright clump. In summer, upright panicles of silvery-purple flowers are held well above the plant, giving it an airy appearance. The flowers and foliage turn a golden wheat color in the fall and maintain...
(Avalanche Feather Reed Grass, Feather Reed Grass)
This variegated ornamental grass offers a desirable upright habit and has sterile blooms so need to worry about weediness. It is a cross between Calamagrostis arundinacea and C. epigejos.
Feather reed grass is a hardy clump-forming perennial with bright green narrow blades with a narrow white stripe down the center of each. In summer, upright panicles of silvery-purple flowers are held well above the plant, giving it an airy appearance. The flowers and foliage turn a golden...