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types of ornamental grasses


Bluestem
(Andropogon)


Blue Fescue
(Festuca glauca)


Blue Lymegrass
(Elymus arenarius glauca)


Feather Reed Grass
(Calamagrostis acutiflora)


Plume Grass
(Erianthus ravennae)


Perennial Fountain Grass
(Pennisetum alopecuroides)


Annual Fountain Grass
(Pennisetum setaceum)


Japanese Silver Grass
(Miscanthus sinensis)


Purple Moor Grass
(Molinia litorialis)


Switchgrass
(Panicum virgatum)


Ribbon Grass
(Phalaris arundinacea)


Northern Sea Oats
(Chasmanthium latifolium)


Prairie Dropseed
(Sporobolus heterolepis)


Annual Quaking Grass
(Briza maxima)


Rabbit's Tail Grass
(Lagurus ovatus)

Ornamental grasses are becoming more popular especially as watering bans and drought-prone areas press their case against our gardens. It wasn't that long ago when many gardeners would steer clear of these 'weedy' grasses and opt for flowers and ornamental perennials.

But, times are changing and what was once determined as unworthy for the home garden is rapidly becoming a popular import. Gardeners are replacing their non-indigenous botanicals for native grasses and enjoying the benefits of low-maintenance weed-suppressing plants. And, we're not limited by variety or colour, shape or texture as many of our predecessors have been.

Ornamental grasses have copped some bad publicity over the years, and it's not entirely unjustified. In some states of Australia and the US, several species reside on the noxious weed lists and have been banned from being grown in home gardens.

The reason: they are incredible propagators.

This is both an advantage as much as it is a disadvantage. If you consider that most of our cereal grains; barley, wheat, oats, rice and corn are all members of the grass (Poaceae) family you can quickly understand that if they weren't great producers of seed we would be very hungry people.


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