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MUHLENBERGIA dumosa, Bamboo Muhly Grass MUHLENBERGIA dumosa
Bamboo Muhly Grass

Perennial Grass: Evergreen. Tolerant of drought, heat & coast. Attracts butterflies. Good border, pot, cut flower & cut foliage plant. Non-invasive clump former w/arching billowy foliage. Blooms in spring-summer w/ purplish flowers that turn wheat-colored with age & when in seed it looks like the plant is dusted in gold. Ht: 3-6'. Full sun. Water: mod/dry. USDA Z8-11.

Photo unavailable MUHLENBERGIA emersleyi
Bull Grass

Perennial Grass: Evergreen. Extremely heat & drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Smaller & more dense habit than M. rigens w/slightly wider lvs. Its fine bluish grey-green leaves, can be used in many situations. Useful as a specimen or in groups. Attracts butterflies. Blms: summer-fall; masses of loose, rosy-purple flower spikes, which dry to a tan color in the winter. Size: 2-3' x 2-3'. Exp.: sun, can take light shade. Water: dry. USDA Z7.

Photo unavailable MUHLENBERGIA lindheimeri
Lindheimer's Muhly

Perennial Grass: Semi-evergreen/deciduous. Tolerates deer, drought, heat, light shade, rocky soil & heavy clay. This low maintenance grass has finely textured leaves & can be used in many situations. Good cut flower. Attracts butterflies. Blooms: summer-fall; plumes emerge purplish & fade to gray. Ht: 5'. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate. USDA Z7-9.

Photo unavailable MUHLENBERGIA rigens
Deer Grass, Muhly

Perennial: Evergreen heat, deer, coast & drought tolerant grass. Good slope cover & erosion control. Tolerant of dry, rocky soil, alkaline & saline conditions. Attracts butterflies. The grayish spikelets mature to wheat in winter. The 2' spikes are above the foliage & are erect then arch over foliage. 3-4' x 3-4'. Sun/part shade. Water: moderate. USDA Z7-9.

Photo unavailable MUHLENBERGIA species 'Mexico'
Big Mexican Muhly

Perennial Grass: Given to us by John Greenlee & part of the Greenlee Meadow Collection. Evergreen heat, deer, coast & drought tolerant grass. Great background grass & for screening or on slopes or bioswales. Think of it as Muhlenbergia rigens on steroids, bigger but also tidy. Showy tall narrow spikes emerge late spring are silvery-gray maturing to tan and are 3-4' above the foliage. 4-6' x 4-6'. Sun/pt shade. Water: mod. Z7.

NASSELLA pulchra (syn. STIPA pulchra), Purple Needle Grass NASSELLA pulchra (syn. STIPA pulchra)
Purple Needle Grass

California Native Grass. Deer resistant and semi-deciduous. A medium sized grass that was once a dominant species of California prairies. This grass has slender foliage that forms a graceful clump 1 foot tall and wide, with beautiful airy flowers and seedheads that reach to 3 feet tall. Bloom time: winter-spring. Exposure: sun.. Water: moderate/dry (little to no water once established). USDA Z7.

Photo unavailable NASSELLA species 'Khazakstan'

Given to us by John Greenlee & part of the Greenlee Meadow Collection.

Photo unavailable NASSELLA tenuissima (syn. STIPA tenuissima)
Mexican Feather Grass, Giant Feather Grass

Perennial: Deer resistant. Good for erosion control. Nice airy look. Self-sows. Plumes: silky green to brown at maturity. Foliage: light green. Growth: 1-2 feet x 1-2 feet. Exposure: sun/part shade. Water: moderate. USDA Z7.

OPHIOPOGON chingii (syn. umbraticola), Chinese Mondo Grass OPHIOPOGON chingii (syn. umbraticola)
Chinese Mondo Grass

Perennial: Native to China. A slow growing evergreen ground cover spreading by underground stems. Dense, very finely-textured leaves are long & narrow. Leaves are erect and then bend over. Use in rock gardens, beds, beside paths or along garden pools. Deer resistant. Blooms: summer. Color: white to lilac followed by blue-black berries. Ht: 4-6". Spreading growth. Part shade/sun on coast. Water: moderate/dry. USDA Z7-10.

Photo unavailable OPHIOPOGON jaburan (syn. LIRIOPE gigantea)
White Lilyturf, Jaburan Lily

Perennial: Evergreen, clump forming plant useful in rock gardens, beds, beside paths or along garden pools. Also does well under deciduous trees. Deer resistant. Doesn't spread by underground stems. Produces clusters of white flowers in summer followed by deep blue berries. Size: 24" x 12". Sun/part shade. USDA Z7-10.

Photo unavailable OPHIOPOGON japonicus
Mondo Grass

Perennial: A slow growing evergreen ground cover spreading by underground stems. Use in rock gardens, beds, beside paths or along garden pools. Deer resistant. Blooms: summer. Color: white to lilac followed by blue-black berries. Ht: 8-12". Spreading growth. Part shade/sun on coast. Water: moderate/dry. USDA Z7-10.

Photo unavailable OPHIOPOGON japonicus 'Nana'
Dwarf Mondo Grass

Perennial: A slow growing evergreen ground cover spreading by underground stems. Use in rock gardens, beds, beside paths or along garden pools. Deer resistant. Blooms: summer. Color: white to lavender followed by blue-black berries. Size: 2-3" x 12-24". Exposure: sun/shade. Water: moderate/dry. USDA Z7-10.

OPHIOPOGON japonicus 'Silvermist', Variegated Mondo Grass OPHIOPOGON japonicus 'Silvermist'
Variegated Mondo Grass

Perennial: Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. A slow growing evergreen ground cover spreading by underground stems. Use in rock gardens, beds, beside paths or along garden pools. Deer resistant. Blooms: summer. Color: white to lilac followed by blue-black berries. Height: 6-8". Width: 6-8". Spreading growth. Part shade/sun on coast. Water: moderate/dry. USDA Z7-10.

Photo unavailable OPHIOPOGON japonicus nigrescens 'Nana'
Dwarf Black Mondo

Perennial: A slow growing evergreen ground cover. Tuft former with blackish foliage. Good as a ground cover, rock garden, low border and for moist areas. Deer resistant. Bloom time: summer. Bloom color: lilac. Height: 4-6". Exposure: part shade. Water: moist. USDA Z6.

OPHIOPOGON planiscapus 'Nigrescens', Black Mondo Grass, Black Lilyturf OPHIOPOGON planiscapus 'Nigrescens'
Black Mondo Grass, Black Lilyturf

Perennial: A slow growing evergreen ground cover. Tuft former with blackish foliage. Good as a ground cover, rock garden, low border and for moist areas. Deer resistant. Bloom time: summer. Bloom color: pink. Size: 8" x 12". Exposure: part shade. Water: moist. USDA Z6.

Photo unavailable PANICUM bulbosum
Panic Grass

Perennial: Given to us by John Greenlee. Forms a charming, small tight clump w/wispy but upright plumes that reach 3-4' tall in cultivation but can grow 5-6' tall in the wild. Reddish-brown flowers bloom in pyramidal panicles in summer. Will take part shade but best flower color in full sun. Use as an accent, in a group or mass. Also effective as a screen. Tolerates a wide range of soils, but prefers moist, sandy or clay soils w/good drainage. USDA Z6.

Photo unavailable PENNISETUM 'Fairy Tales'
Fountain Grass

Perennial: Deciduous. Native to South Africa. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. One of the longest-blooming fountain grasses & one of the first to bloom in spring. Nice clumping, upright habit. Good in arrangements, borders & pots. Attracts butterflies. Foliage: grey-green. Blm time: spring-fall w/3-4" plumes that are creamy pk aging to tan. Ht: 1-2' (plumes 2-3' above foliage). Width: 2-3'. Exp: sun/part shade. Water: mod/dry. USDA Z7.

Photo unavailable PENNISETUM alopecuroides 'Hameln'
Dwarf Fountain Grass

Perennial Grass: Deciduous. Deer & drought tolerant. Good meadow, rock garden, ground cover, border & cut flower plant. Blooms earlier & is more compact than the species. Attracts butterflies. Foliage color: dark green w/ nice fall color. Blooms: summer-fall. Color: creamy white. Clumping habit. Ht: 2-3'. W: 1-2'. Use in sun/part shade. Water: moderate. USDA Z5.

PENNISETUM messiacum, Red Bunny Tail Grass PENNISETUM messiacum
Red Bunny Tail Grass

Deer resistant. The stocky, purple flowers are as soft as a bunny’s tail. The leaves form a small tuft to 12" with the flowers extending to 28". The blooms move & sway beautifully in the breeze. It is an excellent grass for large pots and as a border plant. Good cut flower. Attracts butterflies. Can be treated as an annual, but has shown hardiness to USDA Z7.

Photo unavailable PENNISETUM orientale
Oriental Fountain Grass (Ornamental Grass)

Perennial: Deciduous. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Fire retardant. Clumping, arching habit. Nice in arrangements, borders & pots. Attracts butterflies. Foliage: dark gray green. Blooms: summer-fall with 3-4" silvery pink plumes. Size: 1-2' x 1-2' with plumes 1-1.5' above foliage. Exposure: sun/part shade. Water: moderate. USDA Z5.

PENNISETUM orientale 'Karley Rose', Oriental Fountain Grass (Ornamental Grass) PENNISETUM orientale 'Karley Rose'
Oriental Fountain Grass (Ornamental Grass)

Perennial: Deciduous. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Fire retardant. Clumping, arching habit. Nice in arrangements, borders and pots. Attracts butterflies. Foliage: deep green. Blooms: summer-fall with 3-4" dusty rose plumes. 3-4' x 1.5-2' w/ plumes 1-1.5' above foliage. Exposure: sun/part shade. Water: moderate. USDA Z5 or <. PP12909.

PENNISETUM setaceum 'Fireworks', Variegated Fountain Grass (Ornamental grass) PENNISETUM setaceum 'Fireworks'
Variegated Fountain Grass (Ornamental grass)

Perennial Grass: Deciduous. Drought, deer and heat tolerant. Dazzling red foliage has stripes of white, green and pink throughout the season. Nice good ground cover, border, cut flower and rock garden plant. Attracts butterflies. Clump forming. Height: 24-30". Width: 24-30". Exposure: sun. Water: moderate/dry. USDA Z9. PP#18504

Photo unavailable PENNISETUM setaceum 'Rubrum'
Purple Leaved Fountain Grass (Ornamental grass)

Perennial Grass: Deciduous. Drought, deer and heat tolerant. Clump forming, good ground cover, border, cut flower and rock garden plant. Attracts butterflies. Doesn't set seed. Nice purple foliage. Height: 3-4 feet. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate/dry. USDA Z9.

Photo unavailable PENNISETUM spathiolatum
Slender Veldt Grass, Fountain Grass

Perennial: Evergreen. Native to South Africa. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Nice clumping, arching habit. Good in arrangements, borders & pots. Attracts butterflies. Foliage: dark gray green. Bloom time: summer-fall with 3-4" tawny pink plumes. Habit: 1-2' x 1-2' with plumes 2-3' above foliage. Exposure: sun/part shade. Water: moderate. USDA Z7-10.

Photo unavailable PHLEUM species 'Khazakstan'
Timothy Grass, Meadow Cat's-Tail

Perennial Grass: Given to us by John Greenlee & part of the Greenlee Meadow Collection. A cool-season bunchgrass that creates a long-lasting, beautiful show of dark green with foxtail-like plumes. This grass also will attract wildlife to your lawn or meadow. Good for erosion control or livestock feed. Bloom time: spring-summer. Exp.: full sun/part shade. Water: moderate. High tolerance to cold temps. USDA Z2.

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