(European Meadow Rush, Straight Rush)
Across the moist fields and waterside habitats of northern Europe, grow broom-like clumps of the European meadow rush. This semi-evergreen perennial looks like a grass and slowly spreads via underground roots. It often visually dominates moist meadows, as the stiff foliage is poisonous to livestock.
The leaves are light sea green to barely blue-green. The upright to arching blades are long and tubular, looking like a grass. The tiny yellow-green to tan flowers are overlooked, appearing at leaf...
(Blue Arrows Rush, European Meadow Rush)
An upright European meadow rush selection, 'Blue Arrows' is loved for its greenish gray-blue foliage. Native to the moist habitats across northern Europe, it is a perennial that looks very much like a grass.
The Blue Arrows rush slowly spreads via underground roots to form a tall, graceful clump.
The leaf color ranges from light green to rich gray-blue. The upright blades are long and tubular, looking like a grass. The tiny yellow-green to tan flowers are overlooked, appearing at leaf tips...
(Blue Mohawk European Meadow Rush, European Meadow Rush)
An award-winning cultivar of European meadow rush, 'Blue Meadow' is loved for its more intense blue-green foliage. Native to the moist habitats across northern Europe, it is a perennial that looks very much like a grass.
The Blue Mohawk rush slowly spreads via underground roots to form a tall, graceful clump.
The leaves are sea green to rich blue-green. The upright to arching blades are long and tubular, looking like a grass. The tiny yellow-green to tan flowers are overlooked, appearing at...
(Graceful Grasses® Collection)
Proven Winners® created a collection of grassy plants with fine-textured, ornate foliage with graceful forms in the Graceful Grasses® Series. Not all members of the collection are true grasses (members of Poaceae). Instead, some of the best modern cultivars of papyrus, rush and sedge are included, offering gardeners a wide selection of grass-like plants suitable for various soil conditions.
Cultivation needs varies among the series members. Water-loving plants include the King Tut® and Baby Tut®...
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(Common Liverwort, Marchantia)
A low-growing mat of green growing in a sunny location is usually a telltale sign of the common liverwort. It looks somewhat similar to the closely-related mosses and hornworts. The common liverwort is a primitive, non-vascular plant native to all parts of the world, from the tropics to the polar tundra, in a wide array of habitats from cliffs, heath lands, bogs and forests. Liverworts do not flower, but reproduce with spores or by developing more vegetative growth. They also have two physical forms...
The lanky wildflower, looseflower water-willow displays small, delicate blossoms on its stem tips in late spring and summer. This upright herbaceous perennial is native to the southeastern United States, from the Ohio River Valley southward, and grows in wetlands.
Its sparse, opposite leaves are long, lance-shaped and taper at the ends. In mid-spring to midsummer, the stem tips hold solitary or paired dainty flowers of white, pink or lavender-blue flowers with lighter, spotted throats. Each flower...
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This upright, perennial puts forth a flourish of pretty daisies in the heat of summer. Asian in origin, it produces small, aster-like blooms of pale blue with yellow centers from late spring to late summer. These appear on branched stems covered with coarsely toothed, medium green leaves.
False aster prefers full to part sun and will tolerate a wide range of soil types with average to good drainage. Its flowers are attractive to butterflies and look pretty planted in groups among other summer...
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(Blue Star False Aster, False Aster)
This upright, bushy, perennial puts forth a flourish of pretty daisies in the heat of summer. Asian in origin, 'Blue Star' produces small, aster-like blooms of palest blue with yellow centers from late spring to late summer. These appear on branched stems covered with coarsely toothed, medium green leaves.
False aster prefers full to part sun and will tolerate a wide range of soil types with average to good drainage. Once established, it is markedly heat and drought tolerant. Its flowers are...
(Pinnate-leaved False Aster)
A reliable bloomer from late spring until frost, the pinnate-leaved false aster produces scores of button-sized white flowers atop small narrow foliage. From eastern Asia, this upright perennial creates a wispy clump and slowly spreads from sprouting seeds. Its leaves are short and narrow, lance-shaped with serrate edges and are bright mid-green. As early as late spring and then continuing until frost, numerous white single flowers that look like those of an aster cover the fine-textured, wispy...
Mid-autumn finds the mounding Japanese aster covered in tiny white daisies that attract butterflies, bees and other flying insects. A bushy herbaceous perennial from the isles of Japan, it is wispy and fine-textured, looking unimpressive until the flowers appear in autumn.
The small, short and narrow leaves are lance-shaped and an ordinary green and line the many wiry stems. In mid-autumn onwards until frost, stem tips are branched with clusters of many white or light lavender daisies with yellow-green...