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 […]
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 17, 2010
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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, 2010
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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.
January 28, 2010
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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 27, 2010
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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 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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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 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.