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Acorus gramineus 'Oborozuki', 6-10 inches, yellow and green striped leaves, wants moist soil or shallow water.

Acorus gramineus 'Ogon', 8-12 inches, golden yellow striped leaves,wants moist soil or shallow water.

Acorus gramineus 'Variegatus', 6-12 inches, white and green striped leaves, wants moist soil or shallow water.

Andropogon geradii, 60-84 inches, Big Bluestem, green leaves change with first frost to a red-bronze

Andropogon virginicus, 24-36 inches, Broom Sedge, warm season, dry to moist soil, golden-copper fall color

 

B

Bouteloua gracilis, 12-24 inches, Mosquito Grass, light bluish green blades, clump forming, golden yellow in fall

 

C

Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Avalanche', 48-60 inches, variegated form of C. 'Karl Foerster', hold its variegation throughout the summer

Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Eldorado', PP#16486 propagation prohibited, 48-60 inches, variegated form of C. 'Karl Forester', narrow green blades with a bright gold center .

Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster', 60-72 inches, feathery plumes held erect, upright habit .

Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Overdam', 24-36 inches, nice variegation with white edges, erect compact clump, pink plumes in early summer.

Calamagrostis brachytricha, 48-60 inches, pink plumes in September more casual appearance than C. 'Karl Foerster', shade tolerant

Carex comosa, 48-60 inches, likes moist to wet areas

Carex dolichostachya 'Kaga Nishiki', 10-12 inches, bright gold grass that likes the shade.

Carex flacca 'Blue Zinger', 8-10 inches, very blue clumping groundcover

Carex 'Silver Sceptre', 10-12 inches, green leaves with white margins

Carex morrowii 'Goldband', 12-16 inches, clump forming, leaves have a creamy-white margin, shade lover

Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance', 10-12 inches, dark green leaves with clear white edges, forms compact tuft.

Carex pensylvanica, 8-10 inches, fine textured arching habit

Carex oshimensis 'Evergold', 10-12 inches, drooping yellow blades with green edges, prefers some shade.

Carex scoparia, 12-24 inches, Broom Sedge, cool season, wetland sedge

Chasmanthium latifolium, 36-44 inches, broad bamboo like leaves in summer, drooping seed heads in fall

 

D

Deschampsia cespitosa, 24-48 inches, dark green, forms a neat  tufted clump.

Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau', 12-24 inches, compact dark green clumping habit, airy golden-yellow flowers

Deschampsia cespitosa 'Northern Lights', 10-12 inches, heavily variegated leaves with a pink blush in periods of cool weather.

Deschampsia cespitosa 'Pixie Fountains', 20-24 inches, dwarf selection, dark green tufts, silvery white flowers

 

E

Elymus canadensis 'Icy Blue', 24-36 inches, Canadian Wild Rye, blue clumping, nice seed head, drought and salt resistant

Erianthus ravennae, 84-108 inches, large grass often confused with Pampas grass, silvery-white flowers in late August, great fall grass.

 

F

Festuca ovina glauca 'Blue Select', 8-10 inches, blue grass, holds color throughout summer.

Festuca ovina glauca 'Elijah Blue', 6-8 inches, grayish-blue foliage,neat round mound

 

H

Hakonechloa macra, 12-18 inches, arching green foliage.

Hakonechloa macra 'Albo Striata', 24-36 inches, arching white and green grass,bright accent in the shade

Hakonechloa macra  'Aureola', 12-15 inches, gracefully arching golden foliage, brightens any shade area, takes on a reddish hue in the sun.

Helictotrichon sempervirens, 20-24 inches, stiff blue-gray foliage, nice clump, non-invasive

Helictotrichon sempervirens, 'Sapphire', 24-30 inches, better blue than the species with wider blades.

 

I

Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron', Japanese Blood Grass, 18-20 inches, lime green blades with a red tip change to bright red blades in fall

 

M

Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio', 36-48 inches, narrow silver-gray leaves with pinkish flowers

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus', 60-72 inches, slender blades, bronze-red flowers in October.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Kitten', 15-18 inches, small mound of narrow green foliage, attractive plumes in late summer.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Zebra', PP#13008 propagation prohibited, 36-48 inches, yellow horizontal bands, not as likely to flop or reseed.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light', 48-60 inches, green and white variegated leaves.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Sarabande', 48-72 inches, fine silvery foliage, an excellent grass

Miscanthus sinensis 'Silberfeder', 48-72 inches, green leaves with silver mid-rib, silver flowers in late summer

Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus', 48-60 inches, horizontal yellow bands on green blades, similar perhaps superior to M. 'Zebrinus.'.

Miscanthus sinensis var. purpurascens, 30-36 inches, green foliage turns reddish in late summer, silky white flowers in early fall.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus', 60-72 inches, green and white variegated leaves.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus', 60-72 inches, horizontal yellow-gold bands.

Muhlenbergia capillaries, 30-36 inches, fine dark green foliage, delicate pink seed panicles

P

Panicum virgatum, 48-72 inches, green blades forming an upright clump, good fall color. .

Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal', 36-48 inches, metallic blue leaves, stiff erect clump with yellow flowers in fall.

Panicum virgatum 'Northwind', 48-60 inches, blue green foliage, good winter display

Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah', 30-36 inches, the best and brightest red Panicum, colors early summer and holds color throughout the season, even the flowers are red.

Pennisetum alopecuroides, 24-32 inches, arching leaves, pinkish heads in August. 

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Burgundy Bunny', PP#21917 propagation prohibited, 10-14 inches, foliage has red highlights in summer which turn deep burgundy in fall

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln', 18-20 inches, dwarf form, pinkish heads in August

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Little Bunny', 10-12 inches, miniature fountain grass, fluffy white blooms

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Penn Stripe', 24-36 inches, creamy - white and green striped blades.

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Piglet', PP#19074 propagation prohibited, 14-18 inches, Small stature makes it perfect for tight spaces and urban landscapes

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Red Head', 48-60 inches, deep purple buds mature to smokey purple plumes, very large plumes 8-10 inches long, earlier flowering than P. alopecuroides

Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose', PP#12909 propagation prohibited, 36-40 inches, rose purple plumes

Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum', 36-48 inches, purple leaves with pink seed heads. Not hardy. Useful for planters 

Phalaris arundinacea 'Strawberries and Cream', 24-30 inches, green and white striped foliage tinged with pink

 

S

Schizachyrium scoparium, 24-36 inches, leaves are green, blue, or purple turning reddish orange in fall

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Blaze', 16-24 inches, dwarf version of the species, better fall color

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Prairie Blues', gray-blue foliage, turns reddish-orange in the fall.

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation', PPAF propagation prohibited, 36-48 inches, sturdy upright blue stems, purple near base, nice fall color

Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues', 34-36 inches, true blue, thrives in poor soil, red hue mixes with blue in fall

Sesleria autumnalis, 10-15 inches, yellow-green narrow blade  silver-white flowers.

Sporobolus heterolepis, 24-36 inches, graceful arching green blade turns golden-orange in the fall.