Ornamental Grasses

Andropogon gerardii      Big Blue Stem

This is a tall columnar grass with blue green leaves and a stunning red fall color. They are drought tolerant but prefer a little extra water.

 

 

Andropogon gerardii Big Blue Stem

 

Ht: 6-7′ *Native*

Mature Spread: 4-5′

Flower Color: Golden Tan

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Bouteloua curtipenula      Sideoats Grama

This is a great grass for meadows and reclamation. The seeds are born in two rows on one side of the flower stalk.

 


Bouteloua curtipendula Sideoats Grama

 

Ht: 1-2′ *Native*

Mature Spread: 1-2′

Flower Color: Tan

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Dry

 

Bouteloua gracilis      Blue grama

This is a medium sized grass with one sided spiked seed heads. It’s the state grass of Colorado.

 

Bouteloua curtipenula Blue grama

 

Ht: 1-2′                                  *Native*

Mature Spread: 1-2′

Flower Color: Light Tan

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Dry

 

Calamagrostis arondinacea   ‘Karl Foerster’ Feather Reed Grass

This is an upright clump grass with thin glossy green leaves and fluffy tan seed head which becomes showy in mid-summer.


Calamagrostis arondinacea ‘Karl Foerster’

 

Ht: 4-5′

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Flower Color: Tan

Hardiness: Zone 4

Sun to Part Shade

Medium to Dry


Eragrostis trichodes      Sand Love Grass

This is a beautiful bunch grass with airy seed heads in summer and fall. The leaves turn a rust red color in the fall.


Eragrostis trichodes Sand Love Grass

 

Ht: 2-4′                                 *Native*

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Flower Color: Rust Red

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Erianthus ravennea     Hardy Pampas Grass

This is tall robust clump forming grass with silver to tan seed in fall.

 

Ht: 8-12′

Mature Spread: 3-4′

Flower Color: Silver –Tan

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Medium

 

Festuca glauca          Boulder Blue’ Blue Fescue

This is an upright clump forming grass with intense blue foliage. This grass is a taller form of the blue fescue.

 

Ht: 8-12″

Mature Spread: 8-10″

Flower Color: Tan

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Festuca glauca      ‘Elijah Blue’ Blue Fescue

This is bunch forming grass with striking blue foliage throughout the year. They are excellent small grass.


Festuca glauca  ‘Elijah Blue’ Fescue

 

Ht: 6-10″

Mature Spread: 12-15″

Flower color: Tan

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Medium to Dry


Helictotrichon sempervirens
     Blue Avena

This is a tall bunch grass with blue green leaves and tan seed heads. They are great for winter color and texture.

 

Helictotrichon sempervirens Blue Avena

 

Ht: 2-3′

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Flower Color: Tan

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full sun
Dry

 

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’      Maiden Grass

This is a tall clump forming grass with thin green leaves and cream white seed plume.

 

Ht: 4-5′

Mature Spread: 3-4′

Flower Color: Cream White

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Miscanthus sin. purpurascens      Purple Maiden Grass

This is a columnar clump forming grass with bright green leaves that turn red to purple in fall. The seed heads turn a nice silver white color.

 

Miscanthus sin. purpurascens Purple Maiden Grass

Ht: 3-4′

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Flower Color: Bronze to Silver White

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Miscanthus sinensis            Yaku Jima Maiden Grass

This is a compact clump forming grass with rich green leaves and cream white seed heads.


Miscanthus sinensis    Yaku Jima Maiden Grass

Ht: 3-4′

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Flower Color: Creamy White

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Oryzopsis hymenoides      Indian Rice Grass

This is a bunch grass with delicate lacy leaves. In early summer this grass will be covered in airy cluster of nut like seeds. The nutlets were a food staple for native people.


Oryzopsis hymenoides Indian Rice Grass

 

Ht: 1-2′                                  *Native*

Mature Spread: 1-2′

Flower Color: Tan

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Panicum v. ‘Prairie Sky’      Prairie Sky Switch Grass

This is a medium sized vase shaped grass with bright blue green leaves and airy seed heads.


Panicum v. ‘Prairie Sky’   Prairie Sky Switch Grass

 

Ht: 3-5′

Mature Spread: 18-24″

Flower Color: Tan-Blue

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Dry

 

Panicum v ‘Shenandoah’       Shenandoah Switch Grass

This is an arching grass with deep red leaves in late summer and fall. They have airy seed heads in late summer and fall. This is a very colorful grass in the fall


Panicum v. ‘Shenandoah’ Shenandoah Switch Grass

 

Ht: 3-5′

Mature Spread: 18-24″

Flower Color: Red

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Dry

 

Pennisetum alopecuroides         Fountain Grass

This is a dense, clump forming grass with dark green leaves and fluffy buff colored seeds.

 

Ht: 3-4′

Mature Spread: 3-4′

Flower Color: Buff

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’   Dwarf Fountain Grass

This is a dense mounding grass with narrow arching bright green leaves and slender buff colored seed heads.


Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’   Dwf. Fountain Grass

 

Ht: 1-2′

Mature Spread: 12-18″

Flower Color: White to Copper Tan

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Sorgastrum nutans            Indian Grass

This is a tall bunch grass with golden seed plumes in fall to winter. It works well in dried flower arrangements.


Sorgastrum nutans Indian Grass

 

Ht: 6-7′                                  *Native*

Mature Spread: 3-4′

Flower Color: Gold

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Dry

 

Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Blaze’   Blaze Little Blue Stem

This is an upright clump forming grass with light blue leaves that turn brilliant red in the fall. It tolerates poor soils.


Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Blaze’

 

Ht: 3-4′

Mature Spread: 1-2′

Flower Color Tan

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Dry

 

Schizachyrium scoparium        Little BlueStem

This is a long lived bunch grass with delicate blue green leaves and red fall color.

 


Schizachyrium scoparium Little Blue Stem

 

Ht: 3-4′                                   *Native*

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Flower Color: Tan

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Dry

 

Schizachyrium scoparium ‘The Blue’s’ Little Blue Stem

This is a stiffly upright grass with sky blue leaves that will turn pinkish-red in fall.

 


Schizachyruim scoparuim The Blue’s

 

Ht: 3-4

Mature Spread: 1-2′

Flower Color: Tan

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Dry

 

Stipa tenuissima                 Mexican Feather Grass

This is a short wiry bunch grass with cream colored feathery seed heads. Very attractive in the breeze.

 

Stipa tenuissima   Mexican Feather Grass

 

Ht: 1-2′                                   *Native*

Mature spread: 1-2′

Flower Color: Creamy Tan

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Dry

Sporobolus wrightii      Giant Sacaton Grass

This is an impressive no care bunch grass that works well in meadows and borders. They have golden feathery seed heads in summer.


Sporobolus wrightii Sacaton Grass

 

Ht: 5-7′                                   *Native*

Mature Spread: 3-4′

Flower Color: Gold

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Dry