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Acorus americanus

Sweetflag

Acorus americanus is a hardy perennial swamp or bog plant with sweet, spicy-scented leaves. Spadix-like flowers appear in June and July, followed by dark berries. Found at water's edge from Nova Scotia to Virginia to Washington to Alaska. Great for stabilizing pond edges or filling a boggy area.

Acorus americanus

Andropogon gerardii

Big bluestem

The king of native grasses, big bluestem has handsome gray to blue-green stems in spring, turning to green alternating with deep red in summer, then to coppery red in fall. Three-fingered seed heads top tall stems in August. Clump forming with excellent drought tolerance once established. Found naturally in moist meadows and along side roads and rivers from Canada to Mexico.

Andropogon gerardii

Andropogon virginicus

Broomsedge

An easy-to-grow, clump-forming, native warm season grass with incredible golden copper fall color. A pioneer soil stabilizing plant that does well in poor, infertile areas and surprisingly well in floodplains. It's wonderful for xeriscaping and restoration projects, or in coastal areas. The attractive fall and winter stems make a unique addition to cut flower arrangements!

Andropogon virginicus

Bouteloua curtipendula

Sideoats grama

This drought tolerant grass is native to open rocky woodlands and mixed grass prairies. The plant features a distinctive inflorescence, an oat-like spikelet that originates in a faded purple hue and lightens to tan in the fall. The fall foliage color is golden brown fading to red-orange and purple shades. This warm season grass is often over-looked as a specimen; however the unique flowers serve as a striking focal point in a small garden and mixes well in meadow plantings, as its stature compliments others well in the spring. We recommend this rhizomatous plant for use when a site is damaged by drought or grazing. Despite its ability to rehabilitate landscapes, it spreads at a very slow rate.

Bouteloua curtipendula

Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition'

Blue grama

Where low maintenance meets garden whimsy, 'Blonde Ambition' is sure to turn heads. Airy, chartreuse flowers float horizontally amidst blue-green foliage from mid-summer into fall. Seed heads extend the season providing unique winter appeal. Extremely cold hardy and adaptable to various soil types, use in sweeps for a dramatic effect. Unlike any other ornamental grass in cultivation, discovered and introduced by David Salman of High Country Gardens.

Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition'

Calamagrostis brachytricha

Korean feather reed grass

Calamagrostis brachytricha is a clump-forming grass with bright green leaves reaching about 2 feet. In late summer blooms emerge with a pink tint and reach 3 to 4 feet. The feathery flowers fade to cream in fall and finish in a straw color in winter. A graceful addition to the shade or part shade garden! One of the few flowering grasses that is happy in the shade. Wonderful for cut flowers.

Calamagrostis brachytricha

Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

Feather reed grass

One of the most popular garden grasses in the world, 'Karl Foerster' is known for its ease of culture, tidy vertical habit and beautiful feathery blooms. In mid summer flowers open a creamy white tinged with pink. As they age they become narrow plumes of golden straw and last well into winter.

Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

Carex 'Silver Sceptre'

Japanese sedge

A beautiful selection of this sedge, this one has narrow (1/4") leaves with white margins, giving it a very fine texture overall. Rhizomatous, forming thick silvery clumps. A bright addition to the shade palette!

Carex 'Silver Sceptre'

Carex amphibola

Creek sedge

Carex amphibola is a widely adaptable native sedge naturally occurring from Texas to Quebec and Georgia to New Hampshire. The compact and semi-erect mound has proven to be semi evergreen (zone 6b) and prefers deciduous shade in upland or even floodplain conditions; easily adapts to fine or medium textured soils. Creek sedge lends itself well to native shade gardens, along wood paths or as a slope stabilizer. It is a vigorous clump former with shiny, narrow green foliage 1/8" wide by up to 12" long. C. amphibola is an excellent companion for Phlox divaricata, Asarum, Chrysogonum and Polygonatum...among others!

Carex amphibola

Carex appalachica

Appalachian sedge

This lovely sedge is native to the dry woods of eastern North America. Its fine texture and fountaining habit make it a lovely groundcover in dry shady sites, even in the root zone of trees. Its tidy clumping habit makes it a perfect feature in a container, rock or stump, or in a border planting along a walkway.

Carex appalachica

Carex cherokeensis

Cherokee sedge

C. cherokeensis prefers moist conditions but, tolerates some variables. It prefers some shade including dappled light from trees or even just reprieve from the heat of the afternoon sun.  The inflorescence has been noted as insignificant but, we like the little wispy spikes that add a bit of interest in the spring. It can be evergreen in milder climates, a harsh cut back may harm.  It is better to give a little light haircut to improve its appearance.

Carex cherokeensis

Carex comosa

Longhair sedge

A native sedge that works well for mass plantings in moist to wet areas. Tolerates some salinity.

Carex comosa

Carex dolichostachya Gold Fountains™ 'Kaga-nishiki'

Gold Fountains sedge

This shade-loving sister of C. 'Evergold' is bright gold with attractive narrow (1/4") foliage almost all year. Striking, long-lived and reliable. Works well in average garden conditions and in containers.

Carex dolichostachya Gold Fountains™ 'Kaga-nishiki'

Carex eburnea

Bristleleaf sedge

A wonderful naturalizer, Carex eburnea is the ideal native groundcover for the woodland or rock garden. Petite colonies of 6-8 inch long soft, thread-like foliage takes on a spherical shape as inconspicuous whitish-green flower spikes appear in early spring.

Carex eburnea

Carex emoryi

Emory's sedge

A wetland native that forms dense colonies of straw-colored leaves at the base with bright green new growth emerging from the top. An emergent aquatic, Carex emoryi is found on shores, stream banks, wet meadows, and seepage areas from Newfoundland south to Virginia and from Manitoba south to eastern Oklahoma and Texas.

Carex emoryi

Carex flacca 'Blue Zinger'

Glaucous sedge

This Emerald Coast introduction is indeed an improvement over the species. It is much more light blue than what we'd previously grown. Excellent and versatile shade groundcover for dry or moist spots. Cool season, evergreen in warm climates, more clump forming than C. flacca.

Carex flacca 'Blue Zinger'

Carex flaccosperma

Blue wood sedge

A beautiful native groundcover with striking glaucus blue foliage, Blue wood sedge is easy to grow and evergreen in warmer zones, though it benefits from a late winter cut back. Early spring flowers are slender and form interesting seed heads. Forms tidy clumps and spreads by seed.

Carex flaccosperma

Carex laxiculmus Bunny Blue® 'HOBB'

Bunny Blue sedge

Bunny Blue® is a low growing, evergreen, native sedge with silver-blue foliage. Use as a ground cover or specimen plant for moist to average shady areas. Native plant.

Carex laxiculmus Bunny Blue® 'HOBB'

Carex lurida

Shallow sedge

This cool-season grass provides excellent erosion control.

Carex lurida

Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance'

Japanese sedge

A bright groundcover for a shady spot, 'Ice Dance' has long shiny leaves trimmed in bright white. It spreads slowly to fill in and make a tidy cover that discourages weeds. Deer and disease resistant, it is long-lasting and easy to grow!

Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance'

Carex muskingumensis

Muskingum sedge

Naturally occuring in moist habitats such as low, swampy woods and wet meadows, but will tolerate some drought.

Carex muskingumensis

Carex oshimensis 'Evergold'

Golden sedge

Fountains of narrow leaves with broad cream stripes adorn this clump-forming, shade-loving grass. 'Evergold' is lovely spilling over into a path or as an architectural feature in a container or window box. Deer and disease resistant, it is long-lasting and easy to grow!

Carex oshimensis 'Evergold'

Carex oshimensis EverColor® 'Everest'

Japanese sedge

No gardening mountain is too high to master with this easy to grow sedge! Adaptable to a variety of conditions, tuck 'Everest' into a border, living wall or mixed container for a four season display of tidy, mounding foliage. Icy white margins frost the edges of deep green arching leaves. Enjoy year-round color with this versatile ornamental grass from the EverColor® series.

Carex oshimensis EverColor® 'Everest'

Carex oshimensis EverColor® 'Everillo'

Japanese sedge

Impossible to miss in even the shadiest of gardens, the fantastically bright lime green foliage of this showstopping variety ages to a golden yellow. Easy to grow in many locations, tuck 'Everillo' into a border, living wall or mixed container for a four season display of tidy, mounding foliage.

Carex oshimensis EverColor® 'Everillo'

Carex oshimensis EverColor® 'Everlime'

Japanese sedge

Lime green margins edge the glossy green leaves of this superb variety. Easy to grow in many locations, tuck 'Everlime' into a border, living wall or mixed container for a four season display of tidy, mounding foliage. Enjoy year-round color with this versatile ornamental grass from the EverColor® series.

Carex oshimensis EverColor® 'Everlime'

Carex oshimensis EverColor® 'Eversheen'

Japanese sedge

We added this new selection to round out our Evercolor® collection as the "." on the "!" that is the diversity of the Evercolor® series. It is not only evergreen, but also ever-beautiful. There is not a single season in which this grass does not look garden worthy.

Carex oshimensis EverColor® 'Eversheen'

Carex pensylvanica

Oak sedge

With its tough disposition and spreading habit, this native grass makes an excellent shade groundcover. Fine texture and fountaining habit give this sedge a soft appearance that is lovely as an underplanting for bolder shade perennials or on its own as a shade lawn. Great in containers too! Easy to grow. Happiest in the company of oaks, but who isn't?

Carex pensylvanica

Carex plantaginea

Seersucker sedge
Shiny deep green leaves are unusually broad (to 1 1/8") and puckered like Christmas ribbon. An excellent, mostly evergreen (the basal foliage overwinters) groundcover for average to moist shade, provides unique texture. Flowers occur in early to mid-spring, thin and black-tipped, not especially showy. Found in moist woods from Canada to Alabama.
Carex plantaginea

Carex platyphylla

Silver sedge

A spectacular clump-forming sedge with powder blue leaves up to an inch or more wide. Spreads slowly to form a wonderfully textured groundcover in moist or average soil. Tolerates dry shade once established. An early spring haircut makes room for clean new growth. Great for deciduous shade.

Carex platyphylla

Carex radiata

Eastern star sedge

An attractive, native perennial sedge that forms dense tufts of foliage reaching 1–2' in height with an equal spread. Inflorescences range from 1-3" in length; blooming late spring. Very adaptable, dappled sunlight to medium shade, moist to mesic conditions, and a rich loamy soil with abundant organic matter. Incorporate with native ferns or spring ephemerals such as Mertensia virginica and mayapple. Seeds are enjoyed by various songbirds.

Carex radiata

Carex siderosticha 'Variegata'

Creeping broadleaf sedge
This is a very bright and attractive spreading groundcover. Wide bright green leaves with distinct white stripes form slowly spreading clumps. It is completely deciduous, often emerging just when you wonder if it has made it through the winter. Noted plantsman Charles Oliver has had this in his zone 5 garden for 10 years. At 8-10", it is an excellent groundcover or edging for the shade garden.
Carex siderosticha 'Variegata'

Carex stricta

Tussock sedge

A wetland native that forms dense tussocks of straw-colored leaves at the base with bright green new growth emerging from the top. Spreads via rhizomes. Found in wet meadows. Emergent aquatic.

Carex stricta

Carex vulpinoidea

Fox sedge

One of the most widespread species of Carex in North America, growing in wet meadows, prairies, swamps and marshes.  The seedheads mature in late summer and resemble fox tails, hence the common name.

Carex vulpinoidea

Chasmanthium latifolium

Northern sea oats

A versatile native grass with bamboo-like foliage and delightful nodding seed heads that rustle in the breeze from late summer to winter. It grows in most sites and is a quite vigorous groundcover when given consistent moisture and sun. It is better behaved in average garden conditions and in shade. A unique cut flower in fresh or dry arrangements.

Chasmanthium latifolium

Deschampsia cespitosa

Tufted hairgrass

An ornamental grass that does well in moderately shady locations.  Airy masses of finely branched, light green infloresences rise above the neatly rounded tufts of narrow, dark green foliage in early summer, and remain intact long enough to provide some early winter interest.

Deschampsia cespitosa

Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau'

Tufted hairgrass

Selected for deep, dark-green foliage, late blooming period, clump-forming habit and airy, golden-yellow flowers that emerge in June and last through to September. Attractive seed heads persist through winter. An eye catching cool season, semi-evergreen ornamental grass perfectly suited for part sun to shade.

Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau'

Deschampsia flexuosa

Wavy hairgrass

A delightful and elegant native, this diminutive grass thrives in dry shade. Fine-textured and delicate in appearance, it is tough and drought tolerant, ideal for planting in any well-drained shady location as a groundcover. In spring it is topped with graceful feathery flowers that are lovely as they move quietly in the breeze.

Deschampsia flexuosa

Elymus virginicus

Virginia wildrye

Green to silvery blue foliage, often with a waxy appearance, is topped with 3-6" long spikelets in late spring and early summer.

Elymus virginicus

Eragrostis spectabilis

Purple lovegrass
Fluffy clouds of bronze-red inflorescenses are soft and subtle in the sunlight. Light green foliage in summer turning to a bronzy-red in fall. Irresistable texture plant for the late summer garden.
Eragrostis spectabilis

Festuca glauca Beyond Blue™

Common blue fescue

Go above and beyond in the garden with the INTENSE blue foliage of this fantastic fescue! The unique foliage color stays bright through all seasons for year-round interest. Flowers extend above the tidy mounds of fine powder blue blades in late spring and summer. Flowers fade to light brown by late summer and can be cut back if preferred. Beyond Blue™ is a striking plant as a mass planting in the landscape or as a specimen in mixed containers. This low-maintenance gem will thrive despite heat, humidity or poor soils.

Festuca glauca Beyond Blue™

Hakonechloa macra 'Albovariegata'

White-striped Hakone grass

This exceptionally elegant grass deserves a spot in every garden with its graceful habit and easy culture. Narrow stripes of creamy white accent each deep green leaf, providing a bright glimmer as the leaves sway gently in the breeze. Taller than other selections, 'Albovariegata' is also more vigorous and should be planted in groups of three or more for best effect. It is very tolerant of sun if the soil does not dry out, but may be happiest in a bright shaded spot. Airy flowers appear in late summer as the foliage becomes tipped in pink.

Hakonechloa macra 'Albovariegata'

Juncus effusus

Soft rush
Juncus effusus is a clump forming wetland plant that is a striking vertical addition to any garden or container planting. Upright, fanning, deep green, rounded stems make a great accent in a container or water garden. Soft Rush can be planted at the edge of a pond or in up to 6" of standing water. Inconspicuous golden flowers appear atop the stems in summer. Native to most of North America, Soft Rush provides food and shelter for birds and other wildlife. Distribution Map
Juncus effusus

Juncus tenuis

Poverty rush

Great as a diminutive filler for rain gardens, as a groundcover, and for erosion control.

Juncus tenuis

Muhlenbergia capillaris

Hair-awn muhly
This native's tidy clumps of very fine blue foliage provide color and texture to the garden, but in late summer or fall they explode into bloom with clouds of airy pink flowers that last for many weeks. Stunningly beautiful, even in heat, humidity or drought!
Muhlenbergia capillaris

Muhlenbergia reverchonii UNDAUNTED® 'PUND01S'

Ruby muhly

Plant this muhlygrass for a show-stopping autumnal display! An aura of reddish mauve flower spikes bloom late summer into fall and will stop you in your tracks - a performance that intensifies when backlit by the rising or setting autumn sun. Striking when planted en masse, or lovely as an accent mixed into a perennial border. The clouds of flowers dry after frost and persist to provide winter interest. This warm season grass’s fine-textured, soft green foliage forms a tidy, well-behaved mound. Heat and drought tolerant, long-lived and low maintenance.

Muhlenbergia reverchonii UNDAUNTED® 'PUND01S'

Nassella tenuissima

Finestem needlegrass
The narrow green blades of this southwestern native form a tidy fountaining clump. In early summer silvery cream-colored flowers open to resemble downy feathers that sway gently with the breeze. In fall the flowers turn amber and remain attractive through winter. Not tolerant of winter wet.
Nassella tenuissima

Panicum 'Cape Breeze'

Switchgrass

North Creek is proud to bring Panicum 'Cape Breeze' to the market. Fantastic foliage stays green until Halloween! From production to the landscape, this grass truly is a breeze. Selected for upright habit, compact size and early flowering. Its perfect, tidy stature combines the toughness of seaside Panicum with the neatness of garden worthy cultivars. Great texture and movement in the landscape!

Panicum 'Cape Breeze'

Panicum amarum 'Dewey Blue'

Switchgrass

This smooth, blue tinted grass can grow as tall as 4' and spreads slowly through its rhizome growth forming clumps. It was selected for its glaucous blue color, and graceful fountain habit. The flowers are airy, emerging in the fall, and persisting as a light beige color throughout the winter. Selected and named, by Rick Darke, for the lower Delaware beach town that bears its name. Native along the shores from Louisiana to Connecticut. It is adapted to dry, sterile locations where it plays an important role in stabilizing.

Panicum amarum 'Dewey Blue'

Panicum virgatum

Switchgrass
An upright landscape grass with lovely blue green foliage that turns yellow in fall. In late summer airy wheat-colored flowers appear and remain attractive well into fall. It is an undemanding native grass suitable to any soil type. Tough and easy to grow!
Panicum virgatum

Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'

Switchgrass
Wow! An unequivocally upright steel blue panicum selected by Roy Diblik of Northwind Perennial Farm in Springfield, WI. It was the only one of our 13 trial varieties still standing after Hurricane Floyd! And the drought of '99? No problem. Wide, thick leaf blades are a bit more substantial than those of the other blues. A golden yellow color in the fall.
Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'

Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

Switchgrass

The brightest red Panicum by a long shot. Experienced horticulturists have mistaken it for Imperata at first glance. It colors up by June and the flowers are also red. The shortest of the group and also the slowest grower, perhaps due in part to its lack of chlorophyll. This will probably be the most popular Switchgrass ever! Introduced by Dr. Hans Simon of Germany. Nothing comes close to the fall color displayed by this grass!

Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Red Head'

Fountain grass

This fountain grass cultivar produces feather plumes from August to September, a month sooner than other Pennisetum alopecuroides cultivars.

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Red Head'

Schizachyrium scoparium

Little bluestem
An upright and clump forming native grass with spiky blades of blue or green. Wispy silvery flowers occur in late summer, followed by a spectacular display of fall color changing from green and orange to deep burgundy. Remains attractive as an architectural feature through winter.
Schizachyrium scoparium

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation'

Little bluestem

A warm season grass that does well in poor, dry soils.  Spikey bluish-green stems and leaves transition to a sizzling display of oranges, reds, yellows, and purplish-browns in the autumn.  Also provides winter interest before cutting back in early spring to make way for new growth.

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation'

Scirpus cyperinus

Wool grass
A large, upright marsh grass with attractive wooly inflorescences that turn coppery in late summer and persist into winter.
Scirpus cyperinus

Scirpus validus

Soft-stemmed bulrush

Obligate wetland plant for inland shallow waters, non-tidal marshes and wildlife. Large triangular dark green stems with brownish inflorescences hang pendulously from spring to fall. Stems are unusually spongy. Emergent aquatic.

Scirpus validus

Sorghastrum nutans

Indiangrass
A vigorous native warm season grass with bluish green foliage turning a translucent yellow-deep gold fall color and bearing beautiful panicles of copper. Excellent for cut flowers.
Sorghastrum nutans

Sporobolus heterolepis

Prairie dropseed

According to wild Niel Dibol, of Prairie Nursery, Westfield, WI, it is "often considered to be the most handsome of the prairie grasses. It makes a well defined and very distinctive border." Fine textured, deep green foliage with lovely, light and airy flowers to 2 1/2" in September and October. Flowers have a slight fragrance similar to coriander. Often has glowing pumpkin orange fall color. Good drought tolerance.

Sporobolus heterolepis
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