UACES Facebook Ornamental Grasses by Scientific Name

Ornamental Grasses by Scientific Name

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Scientific Name Common Name Comments 
Carex sp.
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Ornamental Sedge

  • Usually a low (12"), clump forming grass
  • Many species and cultivars (mainly for variegated leaves)
  • Full sun
Cortaderia selloana
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Pampas Grass

  • Large (10'), clump forming grass
  • Full sun
  • Dramatic plumes
  • Invasive in western U.S.
Festuca ovina 'Glauca' 
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Blue Fescue
  • 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
Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron'
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Japanese Bloodgrass

  • Size: 15 to 18"
  • Leaves red in full sun
  • Spreads by rhizomes to form patch
Miscanthus sinensis
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Maiden Grass

  • Medium sized (4 to 5'), clump forming grass
  • Cultivars: 'Gracillimus', 'Zebrinus', 'Strictus'
Pennisetum alopecuroides
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Fountaingrass

  • Low (18 to 24"), clump forming grass
  • Cultivars: 'Hameln', 'Moudry'