Ornamental Grasses To Consider

Ornamental Grasses To Consider

Looking for an ornamental grass or two to add to your crop portfolio? Emerald Coast Growers, based in Pensacola, Fla., has a few new options, all of which are part of its Native Wonders North American native grasses program.

The four native grasses are:

Andropogon glomeratus (Bushy beard bluestem)
Bouteloua curtipendula (Sideoats grama grass)
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)
Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie dropseed)

Bushy beard bluestem has great texture and presence with a sturdy, upright habit in plants that grow 2 to 4 feet tall. Green leaves turn a beautiful copper-orange in fall and retain color well into winter. Bushy beard bluestem is exc

Sideoats grama grass is known for its distinctive arrangement of oat-like seed spikes suspended from one side of the stem. Purplish-tinged flowers grace narrow, bluish-gray arching leaves. Foliage turns golden-brown for fall, then develops orange and red hues. Plants grow 24 to 36 inches tall and are great in masses. Sideoats grama grass takes full sun and grows best in zones 3-10.

Pennsylvania sedge is special because of its lovely soft, curling pale green foliage that turns light brown for winter. It can be used in masses to soften and brighten a damp, shady area. At 8 to 10 inches, it works in containers too! Grow Pennsylvania sedge in full sun to partial shade and consider it if you’re in zones 4-9

Prairie dropseed is graceful and upright with arching emerald green blades. This fine-textured grass features delicately fragrant blooms for fall. Foliage turns gold orange in autumn and fades to creamy white for winter. Plants grow 2 to 3 feet tall. Prairie dropseed takes full sun and grows best in zones 3-9

For more information on the Native Wonders North American line or other available products from Emerald Coast, visit ECgrowers.com.

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