Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants
Graceful, fine-textured, clumping grasses that are as tough as they are good-looking. Deep-rooted and drought tolerant; excellent for massing in hot, dry areas and effective in meadow gardens, mixed borders, naturalized areas, rock gardens, even by swimming pools. Plume-like flower heads appear in summer and fall. After they fade, tiny seeds drop to the ground; hence the common name. These plants tolerate a wide range of soil conditions.
Nataive from South Dakota and Missouri west to eastern Washington, south to Mexico from 2,500 to 6,500 ft. elevation. Foliage clump grows 3 ft. high and wide; leaves are grayish green during growing season, yellow in fall, beige in winter. At bloom time in summer or fall, showy, erect or arching flower plumes increase plant height to 5 ft.; plumes are pinkish, eventually fading to pale straw color. Extremely tough, deep-rooted plant. Good grass for alkaline conditions.
Native to the Midwest, HighPlains, and much of the easternU.S. Emerald green, hairlikeleaves form a billowing mass to15 in. high and 1 1/2 ft. wide.Foliage turns golden to orange infall, then fades to light bronze in winter. Slender-stemmed, airypanicles of flowers rise to 3 ft.high, soaring above the foliagein late summer. Blossoms arepink to light brown and smellfaintly of buttered popcorn. Theseeds are highly nutritious andwere ground into flour by thePlains Indians. Self-sows mildly;volunteer seedlings are seldoma problem. Plants tolerate anysoil but do best when it’s on thedry side.Sporobolus wrightii
Native in North America from 2,000 to 7,000 feet elevation. Narrow, arching, blue-green leaves form a clump 3 to 4 ft. high and wide. Feathery, golden yellow seed heads nearly double the plant’s height in late summer to early fall; good in dried arrangements. Evergreen in all but the coldest climates. Quite drought tolerant but looks best with occasional deep watering.
Gray, woolly, inch-long leaves are marked with white. Often grown as an annual.
Slow-growing, rather formal-looking plant with conical, dense crown. To 10 ft. tall, 5 ft. wide at 8 y...
Attractively veined, arrow-shapedleaves grow from tubersin fall or winter. In spring, shortstalks bear...