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Ornamental Grasses

Add texture, color and movement to your landscape!

Ornamental Grasses are beautiful plants that add texture, color and movement to the landscape. They also provide interest in the fall and winter garden, becoming key features ogf the garden during the cooler months with their spectacular feathery plumes. Discover our list of best cool season or warm seasons grasses and learn how to create terrific plant combinations that will enliven your garden for months.


Ornamental Grasses Guides


Anemanthele lessoniana (New Zealand Wind Grass)

Gorgeous, fast growing, tough as nails, Anemanthele lessoniana or Stipa arundinacea (Pheasant's Tail Grass) is an elegant and impressive ornamental grass that has become a favorite of landscape designers and gardeners.

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Bouteloua gracilis (Blue Grama)

Low-growing and compact, Bouteloua gracilis (Blue Grama) is a densely tufted, warm season, ornamental grass noted for its intriguing inflorescences resembling tiny brushes. Suspended horizontally from only one side of the flowering stems, the flowers are red tinted at first before they bleach to a straw color.

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Briza media (Quaking Grass)

A very entertaining ornamental grass, Briza media (Quaking Grass) features diffusely branched inflorescences tipped with flattened dangling spikelets resembling puffy oats.

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Calamagrostis brachytricha (Reed Grass)

Sparkling in the morning dew with its large arrow-like flower heads pointing towards the sky, Reed Grass (Calamagrostis brachytricha) is a majestic and distinct ornamental grass, highly valued for its erect feathery silvery gray flower plumes, slightly red tinged, and turning to gold then light tan as the seeds ripen in the fall and winter

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Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' (Feather Reed Grass)

Fast growing, reliable, with a multi-season interest, this cool season grass is not only beautiful, it is also virtually care-free and quite versatile.

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Carex 'Ice Dance' (Japanese Sedge)

Brightening up the shade garden, Carex 'Ice Dance' is a semi-evergreen Japanese Sedge forming a low, slow-spreading tufted mound of narrow, arching, shiny, dark green leaves adorned with bright white edges. In late spring, it bears inconspicuous brown flower spikes on long stems. Attractive both in shape and foliage, this highly decorative grass is evergreen in USDA Zones 8-9.

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Carex buchananii (Leatherleaf Sedge)

A very popular Sedge, Carex buchananii (Leatherleaf Sedge) is a tufted perennial grass with an evergreen foliage of narrow, copper-bronze leaves. Erect when young, the grass-like leaves tend gradually to arch over time, curling gracefully towards their tips.

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Carex comans 'Frosted Curls' (New Zealand Hair Sedge)

One of the most striking New Zealand Hairy Sedge, Carex comans 'Frosted Curls' is a very distinctive ornamental grass with pale silvery green grasslike leaves that curl gracefully towards the ground, delicately softening any landscape

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Carex comans Bronze-Leaved (New Zealand Hair Sedge)

Carex comans Bronze-Leaved is a delightful New Zealand Hairy Sedge forming a low, cascading mound of narrowly linear, reddish-brown leaves, with inconspicuous brown flower spikes in late summer.

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Carex elata 'Aurea' (Bowles' Golden Sedge)

One of the most striking golden Sedge, award-winning Carex elata 'Aurea' or Bowles' Golden Sedge is a very distinctive ornamental grass with shimmering yellow blades and with fine green edges that curl gracefully towards the ground, delicately softening any landscape

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Carex flacca (Blue Sedge)

Prized for its soft blue foliage, Carex flacca is a beautiful sedge forming a slowly spreading clump of narrow, arching leaves, blue-green above and glaucous-blue beneath. In early summer, it bears inconspicuous, slender, brown flower spikes, upright at first then slightly nodding over. Reminiscent of the garden carnation foliage, Blue Sedge is a great choice for naturalizing

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Carex flagellifera (Weeping Brown Sedge)

The low mounding form and subtle color of this New Zealand Sedge make it an unusual accent in many plant combinations.

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Carex grayi (Mace Sedge)

With seed heads resembling the medieval spiked clubs, Carex grayi (Mace Sedge) is a very distinctive ornamental grass which adds long-lasting interest in the garden

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Carex morrowii 'Variegata' (Japanese Sedge)

Brightening up the shade garden, Carex morrowii 'Variegata' is a semi-evergreen Japanese Sedge forming a low, slow-spreading tufted mound of narrow, arching, glossy, deep green leaves adorned with fine creamy-white edges. Attractive both in shape and foliage, this highly decorative grass is evergreen in USDA Zones 8-9.

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Carex oshimensis 'Evercream' (Japanese Sedge)

Providing year-round color, Carex oshimensis 'Evercream' is a very distinctive Japanese Sedge with narrow, arching, rich green leaves adorned with creamy edges. Easy to grow, low maintenance, cold-hardy and a compact clumping habit are qualities that make 'Evercream' a splendid edging or container plant. Perfect for brightening up shady areas in the garden.

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Carex oshimensis 'Everest' (Japanese Sedge)

Providing year-round color, Carex oshimensis 'Everest' is a very distinctive Japanese Sedge with narrow, arching, glossy, dark green leaves adorned with fine silvery-white edges. Easy to grow, low maintenance, vigorous, cold-hardy and a compact clumping habit make 'Everest' a splendid ground cover or container plant.

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Carex oshimensis 'Evergold' (Japanese Sedge)

One of the most striking golden Japanese Sedge, award-winning Carex oshimensis 'Evergold' is a very distinctive ornamental grass with narrow arching creamy-yellow leaves adorned with fine dark green edges. Valuable for its stunning appeal, this highly decorative grass is one of the most beautiful ornamental grasses for the garden.

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Carex oshimensis 'Everillo' (Japanese Sedge)

Perfect for shady spots, Carex oshimensis 'Everillo' is a clump-forming evergreen Japanese Sedge with narrow, arching, lime-green leaves that gradually turn to golden-yellow as the season progresses. Valuable for its stunning appeal and wonderful texture, this highly decorative evergreen Sedge is easy to grow, low maintenance and cold-hardy.

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Carex oshimensis 'Everlite' (Japanese Sedge)

Providing year-round color, Carex oshimensis 'Everlite' is a very distinctive Japanese Sedge with narrow, arching, creamy leaves adorned with rich green edges. Easy to grow, low maintenance, cold-hardy and a compact clumping habit are qualities that make 'Everlite' a splendid edging or container plant. Perfect for brightening up shady areas in the garden.

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Carex oshimensis 'Eversheen' (Japanese Sedge)

Providing year-round color, Carex oshimensis 'Eversheen' is a splendid Japanese Sedge with slender, arching, lime yellow leaves adorned with deep green edges. Easy to grow, low maintenance, cold-hardy along with a compact clumping habit make 'Eversheen' a wonderful ground cover or container plant for all year round arrangements.

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Carex siderosticha 'Banana Boat' (Creeping Broad-Leafed Sedge)

Brightening up the shade garden, Carex siderosticha 'Banana Boat' is a deciduous Sedge forming a spreading clump of broadly linear, bold golden-yellow leaves adorned with narrow, dark green edges and streaks. A great choice for naturalizing, it is quite versatile in the garden and terrific in mixed containers.

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Carex testacea 'Prairie Fire' (New Zealand Hair Sedge)

Extraordinarily eye-catching, Carex testacea 'Prairie Fire' is also one of the cold-hardier New Zealand Hairy Sedges. It forms a low, cascading mound of narrow, arching, olive-green leaves tipped with bright orange highlights.

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Carex testacea (New Zealand Hair Sedge)

One of the cold-hardier New Zealand Hairy Sedges, Carex testacea forms a low, cascading mound of narrow, arching, olive-green leaves turning coppery-brown in summer and adding warm, orange tints in winter.

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Chasmanthium latifolium (Northern Sea Oats)

One of the most shade tolerant of the ornamental grasses, Chasmanthium latifolium (Northern Sea Oats) is a robust spreading deciduous grass. It is noted for its distinctive, drooping seed heads, in late summer, which hang from slightly arching stems and flutter when caressed by the softest of breezes

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