Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants, Perennials
Some of these grasses are ornamental; others are used for lawns, erosion control, or pasture. All need good drainage, can withstand dry conditions and severe frosts. Clumps can be divided in fall.Festuca californica
Native to the Coast Ranges from Northern California to Oregon.Grows as loose clump ofblue-green or blue-gray leaves to 2–3 ft. high, 1–2 ft. wide. Airy flowers rise 1–3 ft. above the foliage in late spring, early summer. Flower spikes are green at first, later turning purple and finally maturing to yellow. Long-lived and does well in various soil types. Tolerates summer drought in its cooler climate zones. Use as specimen plant or massed as groundcover. ‘Horse Mountain Green’ is a strong grower with leaves thatare dark green above, chalkyblue beneath; flower spikes can reach 6 ft. tall. ‘Scott Mountain’ and ‘Serpentine Blue’ have intensely blue-gray foliage.
Little-used but attractive clan of shrubs or small trees noted for thick, leathery, glossy leaves (ani...
‘Mouchang’ has very large, single to semidouble salmon-pink flowers. Vigorous.
From China, Japan. Big-leafed, water-loving plant forms a clump about 2 ft. high and wide. Glossy brig...