Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants
These clump-forming grasses produce large, open, airy inflorescences that can add lightness and motion to the garden. The genus has undergone much revision by botanists, and some of its former members are now known by other names; see Nassella for descriptions of California native needle grasses and the highly ornamental Mexican feather grass.
Native to Spain, Portugal, Morocco. Narrow, arching, evergreen leaves form a clump 2 to 3 ft. tall and slightly wider. Open, airy sheaves of yellowish flowers bloom in summer, forming a broad, shimmering cloud that rises 6 ft. tall and as wide or slightly wider. Little to moderate water.Stipa lessingiana
Native to Turkey, Caucasus, Siberia, China. This grass grows 30 in. tall, 20 in. wide. Open, airy sheaves of creamy flowers bloom in early summer, last into winter.
Native to Russia, northern China. Grows 50 ft. tall, 40 ft. wide. Smooth dark green leaves are 3/4 to ...
Yellow-striped foliage in clumps to 4 ft. tall, 5 ft. wide, with silvery white flower plumes to 6 ft. ...
Produces 6–9-in., single to semidouble, golden yellow flowers on 2-2 1/2 ft high plants.