30 Grasses, Rushes, & Sedges
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Big Bluestem
Andropogon gerardii
Height: 3'-8'
Width: 1'6"
Sun: full, part
Soil Moisture: wet-mesic, mesic, mesic-dry, dry
Soil Types: loam, clay
Fall Color: bronze, silver, blue
Zone: 3-5
Comments: "Turkey foot" shaped seed heads. Clump-forming. Warm-season growth.
Retail Pricing #1: $9.95

Side Oats Grama
Bouteloua curtipendula
Height: 2'-3'
Width: 1'6"
Sun: full, part
Soil Moisture: mesic, mesic-dry, dry
Soil Types: sand, loam
Zone: 3-4
Comments: Classic prairie grass. Good for massing with short wildflowers. Clump-forming. Warm-season growth.
Retail Pricing #1: $9.95

Blue Grama
Bouteloua gracilis
Height: 6"-1'6"
Width: 1'
Sun: full, part
Soil Moisture: mesic-dry, dry
Flower Color: green, purple
Comments: Clump-forming. Warm-season growth. Drought tolerant.
Retail Pricing #1: $9.95
Kalm's (Prairie) Brome ref
Bromus kalmii
Height: 1'-3'
Width: 1'
Sun: full
Soil Moisture: wet-mesic
Zone: 4
Comments: Delicate, gracefully-nodding seedheads. Cool-season growth.
For reference only. Not currently stocked.
Blue Joint Grass ref
Calamagrostis canadensis
Height: 3'-5'
Sun: full, part
Soil Moisture: wet, wet-mesic
Zone: 3-5
Comments: Graceful, attractive seedheads. Wet prairies & marshes. Cool-season growth. Aggressively rhizomatous.
For reference only. Not currently stocked.
Bebb's Oval Sedge
Carex bebbii
Height: 2'-3'
Width: 1'6"
Sun: full, part
Soil Moisture: wet, wet-mesic
Wildlife: Bird
Zone: 3-4
Comments: Clump-forming. Cool-season growth. A wonderful sedge for wetland restoration, lake shores, and rain gardens. An essential food source for many birds and waterfowl.
Retail Pricing #1: $9.95
Prairie Sedge
Carex bicknellii
Height: 3'
Sun: full, part
Soil Moisture: mesic, mesic-dry, dry
Retail Pricing #1: $9.95
Longhair Sedge
Carex comosa
Height: 2'-4'
Width: 1'6"-2'
Sun: full, part
Water Use: high, medium
Comments: Wetlands & raingardens. Rhizomatous.
Retail Pricing #1: $9.95

Fringed Sedge
Carex crinita
Height: 2'-5'
Sun: full, part
Soil Moisture: wet, wet-mesic
Fruit Period: June-August
Zone: 4-5
Comments: Attractive nodding seedhead. Light green, arching foliage. Clump-forming. Cool-season growth.
Retail Pricing #1: $9.95
Porcupine Sedge
Carex hysteriana
Height: 1'-2'
Width: 1'-1'6"
Sun: full, part
Soil Moisture: wet, wet-mesic
Retail Pricing #1: $9.95
Common Lake Sedge
Carex lacustris
Height: 1'6"-4'
Sun: full, part, shade
Water Use: high
Soil Moisture: wet
Bloom Period: May-July
Fruit Color: brown
Comments: Tolerates standing water; good for shoreline restoration. Stout, grass-like leaves. Cool-season growth. Vigorous spreader. Rhizomatous.
Retail Pricing #1: $9.95
Hop Sedge
Carex lupulina
Height: 2'-3'
Width: 2'+
Sun: full, part
Soil Moisture: wet, wet-mesic
Comments: Tolerates light shade.
Retail Pricing #1: $9.95

Palm (Swamp Oval) Sedge
Carex muskingumensis
Height: 2'-3'
Width: 1'
Sun: full, part, shade
Soil Moisture: wet-mesic
Soil Types: clay tolerant
Bloom Period: May-June
Flower Color: green
Zone: 4-7
Recommended: Deer Resistant, Groundcover
Comments: Use as a groundcover or accent.
Retail Pricing #1: $9.95

Pennsylvania Sedge
Carex pennsylvanica
Height: 6"-12'
Sun: full, part, shade
Soil Moisture: mesic, mesic-dry, dry
Soil Types: sand, loam
Zone: 4-5
Recommended: Groundcover
Comments: Graceful, arching, dark green foliage. Excellent for massing in woodlands. Rhizomatous. Cool-season growth.
Retail Pricing #1: $9.95
Sprengel's Sedge out
Carex sprengelii
Height: 1'-2'
Width: 1'6"
Sun: full, part
Soil Moisture: wet-mesic, mesic, mesic-dry
Flower Color: green
Zone: 3-4
Comments: Long, slender stalks. Found in Sugar Maple forests & rich woodlands.
Out of stock. Prices/sizes for reference only.
Tussock Sedge
Carex stricta
Height: 1'-3'
Width: 1'6"
Sun: full
Water Use: high
Soil Moisture: wet, wet-mesic
Zone: 2-5
Comments: Clump-forming. Fine-textured foliage. Cool-season growth. Useful in wetland and shoreline restoration, as well as raingardens.
Retail Pricing #1: $9.95
Cattail Sedge out
Carex typhina
Height: 1'-3'
Width: 1'
Sun: full, part, shade
Soil Moisture: wet, wet-mesic
Out of stock. Prices/sizes for reference only.
Retail Pricing #1: $9.95
Fox Sedge out
Carex vulpinoidea
Height: 1'-3'
Width: 1'-2'
Sun: full, part
Soil Moisture: wet, wet-mesic, mesic, mesic-dry
Zone: 3-4
Comments: Versatile plant for restoration/gardens. Cool-season growth.
Out of stock. Prices/sizes for reference only.
Sweet Grass
Hierochloe odorata
Height: 1'-2'
Sun: full
Soil Moisture: wet, wet-mesic
Zone: 3-7
Recommended: Fragrant Garden
Comments: Rhizomatous. Cool-season growth. Sweet aromatic fragrance; leaves used as incense by Native Americans. Shorter than Canadian species.
Retail Pricing #1: $9.95

Bottlebrush Grass
Hystrix patula
Height: 3'-4'
Width: 1'
Sun: full, part
Soil Moisture: mesic
Soil Types: well-drained
Zone: 3-5
Comments: Attractive seedheads. Found along woodland margins. Excellent for massing. Cool-season growth.
Retail Pricing #1: $9.95

Soft Rush
Juncus effusus
Height: 2'-4'
Width: 1'-2'
Sun: full, part
Soil Moisture: wet, wet-mesic, mesic
Bloom Period: June-July
Flower Color: green
Fruit Period: July-August
Zone: 3-4
Comments: Clump-forming. Flowered inflorescence appear on the sides of the stems. Found in wet meadows, marshes, and shorelines.
Retail Pricing #1: $9.95

Path Rush
Juncus tenuis
Height: 4"-1'4"
Width: 1'
Sun: full, part
Soil Moisture: mesic, mesic-dry, dry
Fruit Color: brown
Zone: 2-5
Recommended: Groundcover
Comments: Excellent for massing/borders & making a seamless prairie garden Fine-textured foliage. Cool-season growth. Rhizomatous.
Retail Pricing #1: $9.95

June Grass
Koeleria macrantha
Height: 1'-2'
Width: 1'
Sun: full
Water Use: medium, low
Soil Moisture: dry
Soil Types: sand, loam
Bloom Period: May-June
Flower Color: green, silver
Zone: 3-5
Comments: Short accent grass. Cool-season growth.
Retail Pricing #1: $9.95

Switchgrass out
Panicum virgatum
Height: 4'-5'
Width: 1'6"+
Sun: full, part
Soil Moisture: wet-mesic, mesic, mesic-dry
Soil Types: loam
Zone: 3-5
Comments: Tolerates dry soils. Showy, delicate seedheads. Readily self-seeds. Rhizomatous. Warm-season growth.
Out of stock. Prices/sizes for reference only.
Retail Pricing #1: $9.95

Little Bluestem
Schizachyrium scoparius
Height: 2'-3'
Width: 1'6"
Sun: full, part
Soil Moisture: mesic, mesic-dry, dry
Fall Color: red, yellow, bronze, blue
Zone: 4-5
Comments: Mixes well with & supports smaller wildflowers. Clump-forming. Warm-season growth.
Retail Pricing #01 pot/bag: $9.95 4" pot: $6.50
Wool Grass
Scirpus cyperinus
Height: 3'-5'
Width: 2'-3'
Sun: full
Water Use: high, medium
Fruit Color: brown
Comments: Large seedheads. Excellent in raingardens.
Retail Pricing #1: $9.95
Indian Grass out
Sorghastrum nutans
Height: 3'-5'
Width: 1'6"
Sun: full, part
Soil Moisture: wet-mesic, mesic, mesic-dry, dry
Soil Types: loam
Bloom Period: August-September
Zone: 3-5
Comments: Clump-forming. 6-10" dark-golden, plume-like flower panicles. Excellent behind garden borders. Warm-season growth.
Out of stock. Prices/sizes for reference only.

Prairie Cordgrass ref
Spartina pectinata
Height: 6'-8'
Width: 2'+
Sun: full, part
Soil Moisture: wet, wet-mesic, mesic
Flower Color: yellow
Fall Color: yellow
Zone: 4-5
Comments: Tall, stout stems with gracefully arching foliage. Forms dense stands in wet prairies & along streambanks. Salt tolerant. Rhizomatous.
For reference only. Not currently stocked.

Prairie Dropseed
Sporobolus heterolepis
Height: 2'-4'
Width: 2'
Sun: full, part
Soil Moisture: mesic, mesic-dry, dry
Soil Types: sand, loam
Edible Parts: seeds
Wildlife: Butterfly
Zone: 3-5
Recommended: Fragrant Garden, Edible Garden
Comments: Fine-textured leaves form a fountain-like hummock. Excellent for borders/massing. Warm-season growth. Fragrant flowers smell like popcorn. Seeds can be ground into flour.
Retail Pricing #01 pot/bag: $9.95 #2: $15.00

Porcupine Grass
Stipa spartea
Height: 3'-4'
Width: 1'6"-2'
Sun: full, part
Soil Moisture: mesic, mesic-dry, dry
Bloom Period: May-June
Wildlife: Butterfly
Comments: Clump-forming. Cool-season growth. Long awns twist with moisture changes to self-plant the seeds.
Retail Pricing #1: $9.95