September 27, 2010
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Little Bluestem

Little Bluestem Schizachyrium scoparium Description & Overview Schizachyrium scoparium, commonly known as Little Bluestem, is a tough and adaptable warm-season grass that is tolerable of a wide range of soil textures and moisture conditions. It has high ecological value and low maintenance needs. It is one of the dominant species […]
September 27, 2010
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Marsh Bluegrass

Marsh Bluegrass Poa palustris Description & Overview Are you familiar with bluegrass? No – not the music genre. I’m talking about the grass! Actual bluegrass! This Wisconsin wetland native isn’t blue, it’s bright green! Poa palustris or commonly known as Marsh Bluegrass, fowl bluegrass, or swamp meadow grass is a […]
September 27, 2010
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Pennsylvania Sedge

Pennsylvania Sedge Carex pensylvanica Description & Overview Those of us contending with the shadier portions of our gardens may sometimes feel that we don’t have enough choices, particularly when it comes to ornamental grasses. But there is light at the end of the tunnel! While many types of grass typically […]
August 18, 2010
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Gray’s (Morning Star) Sedge

Gray’s (Morning Star) Sedge Carex grayii Description & Overview Gray Sedge is a Wisconsin native broad-leafed grass with arching leaves growing up to two feet tall. It forms a tight clump up to a foot and a half across at the base. Living up to its name, Morning Star Sedge […]
March 22, 2010
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Big Bluestem

Big Bluestem Andropogon gerardii Description & Overview A monarch of the native prairie grasses! Big Bluestem forms large clumps with blue-green to silvery-blue foliage that changes to attractive shades of bronze and reddish-copper with the first frost. In late August purplish flower spikes emerge producing distinctive three-parted seed heads. A […]
February 24, 2010
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Blackhawks Big Bluestem

Blackhawks Big Bluestem Andropogon gerardii ‘Blackhawks’ PP27,949 Description & Overview Blackhawks Big Bluestem is an upright selection of our native Big Bluestem characterized by its vertical habit, dark green foliage with purple-red tips in late summer, and deep purple fall color. In winter, the sturdy stems turn tan. Blackhawks is […]
February 22, 2010
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Overdam Feather Reed Grass

Overdam Feather Reed Grass Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Overdam’ Description & Overview Overdam Feather Reed Grass is an upright, arching, cool season grass that produces beautifully white variegated leaves. In midsummer, delightful feathery reddish-brown flower spikes emerge maturing to golden-brown. An excellent specimen for spaces needing vertical interest. Core Characteristics Wisconsin […]
February 22, 2010
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Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass

Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ Description & Overview Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass is a beautiful and versatile cool-season, clump forming grass. Its lustrous deep green foliage is strictly upright. Showy feathery plumes on erect vertical stems are followed by striking, wheat-colored seed heads that […]
January 31, 2010
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Prairie Dropseed Grass

Prairie Dropseed Grass Sporobolus heterolepis Description & Overview A most beautiful, warm season, clump-forming native prairie grass! Prairie Dropseed Grass forms cascading tufts of emerald-green foliage with airy, popcorn-scented seed heads. Excellent heat and drought tolerance make this a great choice for tough, dry sites. Core Characteristics Wisconsin Native: Yes […]
September 27, 2000
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Eastern Star Sedge

Coming soon! We’re currently writing the plant profile for Eastern Star Sedge. Please check back later.
February 21, 2000
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Autumn Moor Grass

Autumn Moor Grass features low-mounding tufts of bright yellow-green foliage in spring and summer. Silvery-white flower spikes bloom in September followed by seed heads that persist into winter. Autumn Moor Grass is great under trees, as a groundcover, or planted in drifts for maximum impact.
February 21, 2000
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Standing Ovation Little Bluestem

Standing Ovation Little Bluestem is an excellent choice to bring height and season-long interest to the garden. Upright clumps of slender, blue-tinged leaf blades turn a brilliant bronze-orange in fall, holding color into winter. Silvery-white seed heads follow and continue to provide interest until spring, as well as food for birds.
February 17, 2000
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Bottlebrush Grass

Bottlebrush Grass is a Wisconsin native ornamental grass with exquisite bristly flower heads resembling bottlebrushes. Blooming above dark olive-green foliage from June through August, Bottlebrush Grass is a good option under trees where most turf grasses fail. In addition to adding winter interest, foliage provides cover for birds as well as seeds.
February 16, 2000
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Indian Grass

Indian Grass is a resilient and striking Wisconsin native ornamental grass with tall, silvery blue-green leaves. Foliage turns a vibrant orange-yellow in fall, followed by light brown feathery flowers that provide cover and seed to birds and mammals. An excellent option for tough areas, Indian Grass is drought, erosion, and air pollution tolerant.
February 11, 2000
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Gold Dew Tufted Hair Grass

Gold Dew Tufted Hair Grass is semi-evergreen that thrives in cool climates and is more compact than other varieties. Growing in lovely clumps with fine texture, Gold Dew Tufted Hair Grass is topped with golden flowers in spring that become a silver-tinted green-purple in summer, turning yellow to bronze in fall and persisting into winter.
February 8, 2000
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Evergold Japanese Sedge

Evergold Japanese Sedge is a striking, densely tufted sedge that produces thick clumps of glossy dark green, arching foliage. With broad, bright creamy-gold centers, Evergold Japanese Grass provides excellent contrast with other plants in beds, borders, softening pathways, rock, cottage, and Japanese gardens.
February 7, 2000
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All Gold Japanese Forest Grass

All Gold Japanese Forest Grass Slender brings outstanding color to part sun and shadier areas of the garden. Graceful arching foliage dances in the breeze, ranging in color from bright golden yellow to apple green. All Gold Japanese Forest Grass is long-lasting, easy-to-care-for and tough as nails.
February 5, 2000
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Ice Dance Variegated Sedge

Ice Dance Variegated Sedge is a perennial ornamental grass with tidy, compact tufts of thick, leathery emerald-green foliage, and prominent creamy-white margins. Not often seen in gardens, Ice Dance Variegated Sedge is unique, and makes a great groundcover or border.
February 5, 2000
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Blue Zinger Sedge

Blue Zinger Sedge is a low-growing ornamental grass noted for its bluish foliage and narrow leaves. With a fine-textured appearance and creeping habit, Blue Zinger Sedge is an effective groundcover, especially when planted in drifts, creating a sea of blue.
February 4, 2000
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Fall Blooming Feather Reed Grass

Fall Blooming Feather Reed Grass is a gorgeous ornamental grass with arching rich green foliage that turns bright yellow in autumn. In late summer, soft-textured, rose-purple flower spikes appear. As fuzzy plumes mature they fade to silver-gray and remain open and billowy through winter.
January 28, 2000
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Northern Sea Oats

Northern Sea Oats, a native Wisconsin perennial grass, features jewel-like flat seed heads that dance when the wind blows. Bamboo-like foliage changes from green in spring, to copper in autumn, to brown in winter. The seeds of Northern Sea Oats persist through winter and are an important food source for wildlife.
January 28, 2000
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Fox Sedge

Fox Sedge is a native Wisconsin perennial grass noted for its mounds of arching glossy foliage. Seed heads radiate out from the center of the clump, similar to a foxtail. Fox Sedge can be competitive and is best planted in large areas where groundcover is desired or erosion control is needed.
January 28, 2000
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Long-beaked Sedge

Long-beaked Sedge is a perennial native Wisconsin grass with bright green, narrow-bladed foliage and drooping greenish-brown seed heads that form long beaks. Loose tufts colonize if given room to spread, making an excellent low-growing groundcover in shady areas. Nodding seed heads provide food and cover for birds and wildlife.
January 28, 2000
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Bristleleaf Sedge

Bristleleaf Sedge, a perennial Wisconsin native grass, makes an excellent groundcover or alternative to a traditional lawn. Featuring fine-textured, needle-shaped foliage and inconspicuous blooms in spring, Bristleleaf Sedge is a first-rate option for shady areas.
January 27, 2000
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Common Wood Sedge

Common Wood Sedge is a perennial native Wisconsin grass that makes an excellent low-growing groundcover. When nestled among tall wildflowers, lime green shiny leaves hold white whitish-green flowers in spring followed by seed heads in fall. Common Wood Sedge has an interesting texture all season long and is an important food source for birds and insects.
January 27, 2000
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Bicknell’s Sedge

Bicknell's Sedge is a perennial native Wisconsin grass that grows in either dry upland or wet river bottom prairies, making it a versatile option. Unique, star-shaped flowering heads tower over foliage, growing upwards of 3 feet in height. Bicknell's Sedge emerges green in May, turning coppery-brown in fall, providing excellent winter interest.