Grasses and grasslike plants
includes sedges, rushes, and three bamboos
When you are looking for grasses on our weekly availability listing, you will see the prefix gr in front of their botanical  names.
Bamboos will have the prefix
Ba.  That way they sort together alphabetically on the list.                                          Click on  photos to enlarge.
Calamagrostis foliosa
Leafy Reed Grass
Evergreen grass. Sun or light shade. Mounding gray-green foliage. Nodding cream-colored
plumes. 1'x2'. CA native. Medium to low water.
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'        
Feather Reed Grass  
Evergreen grass with upright arching habit to 2-3' tall. Flowers are feathery plumes to 6' tall in May
or June. Full sun with medium water.
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Overdam'        
Feather Reed Grass       
Evergreen grass. Sun. 12" foliage, 2' flower stalks. Spring flowers resemble small rattlesnake
rattles. Good in arrangements. Medium water. Grows during the cool season.
Carex brunnea 'Jenneke'
Narrow Sedge
Evergreen cool-season grass. Sun-part shade. Yellow & green foliage. To 1'x1'. Prune in early
spring. Good in pots. Medium water.   
no photo yet
Carex buchananii 'Red Rooster'
Perennial grass. Sun. Bright rusty red foliage with an upright habit. 16"- 24" tall. Medium to low
Carex comans 'Amazon Mist'
New Zealand Hair Sedge
Evergreen perennial grass. Some shade in hottest climates. Silvery green leaves. 1'x2'. Moderate
Carex comans 'Bronze Bronco'       
New Zealand Hair Sedge
Evergreen grass. Sun/part sun. Finely textured brown foliage. Mounding habit to 1'x2'. Moderate
Carex divulsa (aka tumulicola)        
European Grey Sedge (formerly known as Berkeley Sedge)
Evergreen sedge. Sun or shade. 1'x18".  Lush, green, mop-like, curving leaves.  Excellent for
meadow effect. Regular water is best. Shear lightly but don't cut to ground.
Carex flacca 'Blue Zinger'
Blue Sedge
Evergreen sedge. Sun/part shade. Vivid blue-gray foliage. To 2'x2'. Medium to to high water.
no photo yet
Carex flagellifera 'Bronzita'
Hair Sedge
Evergreen grass. Sun/part sun. Finely textured brown foliage. Mounding habit to 1'x2'. Moderate
Carex hachijoensis 'Evergold'        
Evergold Sedge
Perennial, evergreen. Sun/shade. Low mound 12" x 12". Does best in rich, moist soil in part
shade. Great for borders or containers.
Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance'
Variegated Sedge
Evergreen grass. Sun or shade.  Green foliage with white margins. Clumping to 1'x2'. Spreading
groundcover. Moderate to high water
no photo yet
Carex secta
Makura Grass
Evergreen grass. Sun. 3' x 3'. Shiny brown seed heads in summer. Forms thick trunk of old roots
and stems. Regular water.
Carex testacea        
Orange Sedge
Evergreen sedge. Sun. 2'x2'.  Attractive mop-like curving leaves. Orange color is striking.  Good in
containers. Regular water . Shear lightly but don't cut to ground.
Carex trifida 'Rekohu Sunrise'
Variegated Sedge
Evergreen grass. Sun-light shade. Green with gold margins. Upright arching habit to 3'x2'. Moist
well drained soil. (USPP # 20512 Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.)
Chondropetalum tectorum
Thatching Reed
Evergreen reed-like plant with striking slender stems.  Makes a ball of foliage 3' in diameter. Sun.
Medium water. Good in pots. From South Africa.
Deschampsia caespitosa 'Northern Lights'        
Variegated Tufted Hairgrass
Evergreen perennial grass. Full sun/partial shade. Green and cream, with pink highlights in cooler
seasons. 8"x 16". Regular water.
Elymus magellanicus
Blue Wheatgrass
Semi-evergreen perennial grass. Sun-light shade. Vivid blue foliage. Prefers cool summers.
15"x18". Well drained soil & regular water. Cut back in spring to refresh.
no photo yet
Festuca glauca'Elijah's Blue'        
Blue Fescue  
Evergreen perennial grass. Full sun. Silver blue leaves. 8"x10".  Moderate water.
Festuca idahoensis        
Evergreen grass with 18" ball of green foliage. One of the finest native CA grasses.  Grow in full
sun with medium to low water.  In spring, stroke clump to remove old leaves.
Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold'
Japanese Forest Grass
Evergreen grass. Shade-part shade. Golden foliage. Mounding habit to 3'x3'. High water. Good in
no photo yet
Helictotrichon sempervirens       
Blue Oat Grass
Evergreen grass. Full sun. Grey leaves form spiky ball to 18". Medium to low water. In spring
stroke foliage to remove brown leaves. Native to Western US.
Himalayacalamus falconeri 'Damarapa'
Candy Stripe Bamboo
Evergreen clumping bamboo. Light shade. Red, green, & yellow striped canes. To 5' x 20'. Hardy
to 20 degrees. Prefers sheltered location.  Medium water.
no photo yet
Imperata cylindrica rubra
Japanese Blood Grass
Deciduous grass. Sun. New foliage is green, turning brilliant red. 18"-24" tall x slowly spreading.
Moist, well drained soil.
Juncus effusus spiralis       
Curly Rush
Grass-like plant called a rush. Full sun to part shade. Spiraling green foliage to 2' tall.  Medium to
high water.
Juncus effusus 'Quartz Creek'
California Green Rush
Grass-like plant called a rush. Strongly upright green foliage to 2' tall.  Native to CA.  Grow in full
sun to part shade with medium to high water.  Nice vertical element.
Juncus pallidus 'Javelin'
Javelin Grass
Evergreen grasslike rush. Blue-green foliage.  Stiff upright habit to 5'x2'. Tolerates a wide range of
soil types and watering conditions.
Juncus patens        
California Gray Rush
Grass-like plant called a rush. Strongly upright gray foliage to 2' tall.  Native to CA.  Grow in full sun
to part shade with medium to high water.  Nice vertical element.
Milium effusum 'Aureum'
Golden Millet Grass
Perennial grass. Light shade. New foliage is golden, turning light green. Clumping, arching habit to
2'x2'. Best in cool summer climates. Summer dormant in hot areas. Regular to high water.
Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio'
Dwarf Maiden Grass
Perennial clumping grass. Sun to part shade. Finely textured silvery green foliage to 2'-3' tall and
wide. Whitish plumes to 5' summer-fall. Yellow fall foliage.  Medium water.
Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus 'Cosmopolitan'        
Variegated Silver Grass  
Deciduous grass. Sun. Spectacular, ribbon-like variegated leaves of green and white.   6' tall and 3'
wide. Medium water. Cut to ground in winter.
Shown in photo with Knipofia 'Yellow Cheer'.
Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracilllimus'
Maiden Grass
Deciduous grass. Sun. Narrow green leaves with silver midrib. To 3'-4' tall and wide. Coppery
plumes to 6' in fall-winter. Medium water. Tolerates most soils. Cut to ground in early spring.
Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Zebra'
Dwarf Zebra Maiden Grass
Perennial clumping grass. Sun-lt. shade. Gold banded foliage to 3'x3'. Reddish plumes to 4' in
summer. Medium water. (PP#13008 Unauthorized reproduction prohibited. )
no photo yet
Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'
Dwarf Variegated Maiden Grass
Deciduous grass. Sun. Narrow green leaves with silver margins. Compact, upright habit to 3'-4' tall
and wide. Coppery plumes to 6' in fall-winter. Medium water. Tolerates most soils. Cut to ground
in early spring.
no photo yet
Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus'
Maiden Grass
Evergreen clumping grass. Sun to part shade. Striped yellow and green foliage. Pinkish plumes in
summer-fall. To 6' x 8'. Medium water.
Muhlenbergia capillaris
Regal Mist Grass
Evergreen perennial grass. Sun or light shade. Bright green mounding foliage to 3'x6'. Airy pinkish
plumes to 4' tall. Cut back in late winter to refresh. Low to moderate water.
Muhlenbergia rigens        
Deer Grass
Evergreen grass. Sun. Gray-green foliage to 3' tall and wide. Simple, pointy flower spikes. Medium
to low water. Native to western US.
Pennisetum 'Fireworks'
Variegated Fountain Grass
Evergreen grass. Sun. Red, pink, white & green striped foliage. 2'-4'wide. Red plumes to 4'-5' tall.
Moderate water. Cut back in late winter to refresh. (USPP# 18504 unauthorized propagation
Pennisetum messiacum        
Red Bunny Tales
Evergreen grass. Full sun. 18"-36" tall. Reddish-pink flowers resembling rabbit tails appear in spring
through fall. Medium water.
Pennisetum orientale        
Oriental Fountain Grass   
Perennial grass. Full sun. Green foliage with pinkish plumes in summer & fall. 2'x2 1/2'. Moderate
Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'        
Purple-Leaf Fountain Grass
Deciduous grass. Sun. Eye-catching burgundy foliage to 4' with graceful, arching plume-like
flowers. Sterile-seeded.  Medium water.
Pennisetum setaceum 'Skyrocket'      
Pink Fountain Grass
Evergreen perennial grass. Sun. Green & cream striped leaves. Showy pinkish flower spikes
summer-fall. 3'x2'. Regular water. (PP# 21797 Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.)        
no photo yet
Pennisetum spatheolatum        
Slender Veldt Grass
Evergreen grass. Sun.  Green foliage to 1' tall and flower spikes to 4'. Flowers are small, tight
bundles at the tips of long stems. Graceful.  Medium water.
Phylostachys nigra        
Black Bamboo
Evergreen bamboo. Sun to part shade. 10' tall x spreading. Regular water and fertilizer.  New
stems are green, turning black in second year. Plant in containers to control spread.
Phalaris arundinacea 'Feesey's Form'
Gardener's Garters
Evergreen grass. Sun. To 3'x3'.  Green & white striped foliage. Fluffy, tan flowers in summer sway
gracefully in the breeze.High water. Reseeds prolifically.
no photo yet
Rynchelytrum nerviglume
Ruby Grass (aka Melinis)
Evergreen grass. Sun. Compact mounding blue-green foliage to 1'x1'. Silky pink and white plumes
to 18". Moist well drained soil.
Sinobambusa tootsik albostriata
Variegated Chinese Temple Bamboo
Evergreen running bamboo. Light shade. White & green striped leaves. Hardy to 10 degrees. To
20' tall.  Medium water.
no photo yet
Stipa arundinacea        
New Zealand Wind Grass
Semi-evergreen grass. Full sun. Wispy bronze-green foliage glows in sunlight. Panicles of silky
flowers grow to 2' tall in late summer. Medium water. AKA Anemanthele lessoniana.
Stipa gigantea
Giant Feather Grass
Evergreen grass. Sun. 2'x4' foliage clump with 6' tall shimmering plumes in early summer. Regular
water until well established, then medium water. Needs good drainage.
no photo yet
Stipa ramosissima        
Pillar of Smoke  
Evergreen grass. Sun. 6-7' tall, 3' wide.  The flowers appear in sheer, wispy clouds throughout the
foliage. Medium water.  From Australia.
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