Carex grayii . . Gray's Sedge
. . 12-24 in. . . Sun to lt. shade
. . Zones 5 to 9 . . Avg. to moist soil Native
A clump forming grass. Produces unique and showy spiked seedheads in late spring. Seedheads persist through the growing season and are good in dried arrangements.
#2143 . . Quart pot
Carex hystricina . . Porcupine Sedge
. . 12 to 24 in. . . Sun to lt. shade
. . Zones 3 to 9 . . Avg. to wet soil Native
A clump forming sedge with attractive, softly spiny seedheads. Useful on the stream bank, pond's edge or as a specimen. Does well in ordinary garden locations.
The original german botanic name was Stachelschweinartige or "prick pig, well behaved".
#2139 . . Quart pot
Carex pensylvanica . . Pensylvania Sedge
. . 8 to 12 in. . . Sun to full shade
. . Zones 4 to 8 . . Avg. soil, well drained Native
This semi-evergreen sedge is a wonderful native groundcover for average to dry, deciduous shade Delicate, arching leaves. Slow, spreading clump former. Fine textured appearance.
C. pensylvanica is native to open woods and thickets from the eastern seaboard west to North Dakota and Missouri and from southern Ontario and Quebec south to Tennessee and Virginia.
#2166 . . Quart pot
Carex plantaginea . . Plantain Leaved Sedge
. . To 12 in. . . Lt. to full shade
. . Zone 5 . . Avg. soil . . Early Spring
Broad, crinkled, ribbon-like blades grow in clumps. As sturdy as it is beautiful, this clumping grass is an excellent groundcover for shady areas, or on shaded slopes, where its tenacious roots hold back sliding dirt, as well as any daylily. In spring, it sends up modest but interesting flower stalks, which soon go to seed. Prefers moist soils.
#1513 . . Quart pot
Carex scoparia . . Broom Sedge
. . 1 to 3 ft. . . Sun to lt. shade
. . Zones 3 to 8 . . Avg. to wet soil . . Summer
Attractive tufted seedheads. Used in rain gardens and wetland restoration. Can be grown in average garden soil. Found throughout N. America.
#2150 . . Quart pot
Carex vulpinoidea . . Fox Sedge
. . to 3 ft. . . Sun to lt. shade
. . To Zone 4 . . Avg. to wet soil Native
Narrow leaved, clump forming. Brown seedheads. Widspread--native to much of North America.
Use in damp to very wet areas. Good in rain gardens or at the waters edge.
A decoction of the roots was used as "rooster fighting medicine"--Iroquois.
#2135 . . Quart pot
Chasmanthium latifolium . . Wood Oats
. . 2 to 5 ft. . . Sun to mod. shade
. . Zones 2 to 9 . . Avg. soil, moist Native
Flat, drooping seedheads are reminiscent of oats. Excellent in dried flower arrangements. Forms small colonies. Also known as Northern Sea Oats and Indian Woodoats.
More shade tolerant than most ornamental grasses. For winter interest, leave foliage and seedheads intact.
#2127 . . Quart pot
Hierochloe odorata . . Sweetgrass
. . 18 in. . . Sun
. . Zone 5 . . Avg. soil, moist Native
A native grass, interesting primarily for its subtle scent, a combination of coumarin and vanilla, with graceful brownish panicles in Spring.
This is the source of the sweetgrass braids which were used as sacred incense by the North American Indians.
It was also sacred to early Europeans, and is still strewn on church floors on festival days. When dried, the scent becomes more intense.
. . . . The name is from the Greek, hieros meaning sacred, and chloemeaning grass.
#1802 . . Quart pot
Miscanthus sinesus cv. . . Zebra Grass "Zebrinus"
. . . . Zone . . #1719 . . Quart pot
Phalaris arundinacea cv. . . Ribbon Grass "Picta"
. . 24 to 36 in. . . Sun to lt. shade
. . Zone 3 . . Avg. soil . . None
Deciduous, flat blades, about 1/2 inch wide, and 12 inches long, with longitudinally striped white alteranting with green, and hints of purplish-red, particularly in fall. It is both attractive and effective when used as a ground cover, or for erosion control along stream banks and open slopes.
Rhizatomous, it spreads by runners, swiftly, like any grass, and if used as a garden specimen, may need containment. It is best grown in either very wet, or very dry conditions, as growth will be slower and more dense. If grown in rich loam, the plantings may open up, and become vigorous, and the leaves may lose much of their variegation.
#1838 . . Quart pot
Pleioblastus auricomus . . Variegated Bamboo "Kamuro-Zaza"
. . 3 to 5 ft. . . Sun to full shade
. . Zone 6 to 11 . . Avg. soil Japan
A small bamboo bearing brilliant, linear yellow leaves accented with green stripes. Somewhat invasive with a moderate rate of spread due to short rhizomes.
Can be used to brighten up a dark corner or woods edge. Will grow, though slowly, where it gets no direct sunlight.
#1712 . . Quart pot
Scirpus atrovirens . . Green Bulrush
. . 3 to 4 ft. . . Sun to lt. shade
. . Zones 3 to 8 . . Avg. to wet soil . . Summer
Clump forming, wetland grass. Dark brown seedheads are somewhat ornamental. Valuable wildlife shelter plant that is useful in wetland areas and rain gardens.
Native range from Canada to Texas.
#2141 . . Quart pot