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Ornamental Grasses by Common Name

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Common Name Scientific Name Comments 
Blue Fescue
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Festuca ovina 'Glauca'
  • Small (8 to 10"), clump forming grass
  • Full sun
  • Selections for improved blue color; 'Elijah Blue', 'Boulder Blue'
  • May also be listed as Festuca cinerea
Fountaingrass
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Pennisetum alopecuroides
  • Low (18 to 24"), clump forming grass
  • Cultivars: 'Hameln', 'Moudry'
Japanese Bloodgrass
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Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron'
  • Size: 15 to 18"
  • Leaves red in full sun
  • Spreads by rhizomes to form patch
Maiden Grass
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Miscanthus sinensis
  • Medium sized (4 to 5'), clump forming grass
  • Cultivars: 'Gracillimus', 'Zebrinus', 'Strictus'
Ornamental Sedge
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Carex sp.
  • Usually a low (12"), clump forming grass
  • Many species and cultivars (mainly for variegated leaves)
  • Full sun
Pampas Grass
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Cortaderia selloana
  • Large (10'), clump forming grass
  • Full sun
  • Dramatic plumes
  • Invasive in western U.S.