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Botanical / Common Name
Description
Photo
Panicum amarum 'Dewey Blue'
Switch Grass
P. 'Dewey Blue' is a clump forming, blue foliage grass with a spreading rhizome and grows to 4 feet in height. This plant is native to the shorelines of Louisiana up to Connecticut. Plant in full sun to part shade and moist to dry soil, Zone 2-9
Panicum amarum 'Dewey Blue'
Panicum virgatum 'Cloud Nine'
Switch Grass
7-8 ft., light blue foliage, golden rays of inflorescence, Zone 5-9
Panicum virgatum 'Dallas Blues'
Switch Grass
5-6 ft., very full, broad purplish blue foliage, leaf blades 2 ft. tall and wide, iridescent pale purple-rose panicles, blooms late Summer through Fall, Zone 5-9
Panicum virgatum 'Dallas Blues'
Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'
Switch Grass
Tolerates wide range of soils, including dry ones, but prefers moist, sandy or clay soils. Tends to flop in rich soils. Generally best in full sun. Will grow in part shade, but begins to lose its columnar form in too much shade, Cut back clumps to the ground in late winter to early spring.  'Heavy Metal' is a switch grass cultivar which features metallic-blue foliage and a columnar form. It is a clump-forming, warm season grass which typically grows in an upright, vertical clump to 3' tall (to 5' when in flower). Stems typically retain vertical form without flopping throughout the growing season and into winter. Kurt Bluemel, Inc. selection.
  • (spring or fall planting)
  • Height: 4 to 5 feet
  • Spread: 1 to 2 feet
  • Zone 5-9
Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'
Panicum virgatum 'Heiliger Hain'
Switch Grass
3 1/2-4 ft., Blue foliage similar to P.'Heavy Metal'. Turns a Strong burgandy color early. Full Sun, Zone 5-9
Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'
Switch Grass
6 ft., steel blue foliage with wide leaf blades, native to eastern USA, Zone 5-9
Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'
Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Sky'
Switch Grass
4-5 ft., bluer than 'Heavy Metal', arching and bushy, good Fall color, Zone 5-9
Panicum virgatum 'Rehbraun’
Red Switch Grass
3-4 ft., red Fall color, not as bright as P ‘Rotstrahbusch’, Zone 5-9
Panicum virgatum 'Rehbraun’
Panicum virgatum 'Rotstrahlbusch' (P. v. 'Hanse Herms)
Red Switch Grass
Upright and arching, this cultivar has a vivid showing of a rich true red (rot-red, strahl-rays) in autumn. As compared to other red switch grasses it is shorter at 48” with slightly finer foliage.  It is also the most upright.  ‘Rotstrahlbush’ is one of the oldest and truest selections and has stood the test of time for hardiness.  The flowers (seed heads) are burgundy.  It is tolerant of a wide range of soils but prefers moist soil.  Clumping to an obedient 3’.  It remains upright through the winter though it turns shades of yellow at autumn’s end. It has nice winter bones. (syn. Panicum v. Hanse Herms)
  • Full- part shade
  • Moist
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Deer resistant
  • Season of Interest – Spring through Winter
  • Use as vertical accent, border plant, and attracting birds
  • Zone 5-9
Panicum virgatum 'Rotstrahlbusch' (P. v. 'Hanse Herms)
Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'
Switch Grass
2-3 ft., introduced by Dr. Hans Simon of Germany, shortest of group. Similar to Rotstrahlbusch, Zone 2-9
Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'
Panicum virgatum 'Squaw'
Switch Grass
3-4 ft., Kurt Bluemel selection, pink inflorescence in Aug-Sept, good reddish foliage in Fall, Zone 5-9
Panicum virgatum 'Squaw'
Panicum virgatum 'Warrior'
Switch Grass
4-5 ft., Kurt Bluemel selection, red foliage in Fall, Zone 5-9
Panicum virgatum 'Warrior'
Pennisetum alopecuroides
Fountain Grass
(spring planting) sun, strong grower, 3-5 ft .Fountain-like growth habit, gold-dust colored inflorescence carried above the foliage from early August through to October.  Excellent fall foliage color too, Zone 5-9
Pennisetum alopecuroides
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Cassian'
Fountain Grass
(spring planting) sun, pink inflorescence in Aug-Sept, strong grower, 3-5 ft., fountain-like growth habit, gold-dust colored inflorescence carried above the foilage from early Aug-Oct, excellent Fall décor, 1-2 ft., Kurt Bluemel selection, compact growth habit, leaves with a hint of amber, dark sand inflorescence from Aug-Oct, longer flanges than P.a. Hameln, outstanding Fall color, Zone 6-9
Pennisetum alopecuroides compressum
Fountain Grass
(spring planting) sun, pink inflorescence in Aug-Sept, strong grower, 3-5 ft., fountain-like growth habit, gold-dust colored inflorescence carried above the foilage from early Aug-Oct, excellent Fall décor, 1-2 ft., flowers with white tips and broad arching habit, blooms Sept-Oct, Zone 6-9
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Fox Trot' (syn. Japonicum)
Fountain Grass
(spring planting) sun, pink inflorescence in Aug-Sept, strong grower, 3-5 ft., fountain-like growth habit, gold-dust colored inflorescence carried above the foilage from early Aug-Oct, excellent Fall décor, 4-5 ft., the largest of our fountain grasses in cultivation, large brown flowers bloom Aug-Oct, Zone 6-8
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Fox Trot' (syn. Japonicum)
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln’
Dwarf Fountain Grass
(spring planting) sun, pink inflorescence in Aug-Sept, strong grower, 3-5 ft., fountain-like growth habit, gold-dust colored inflorescence carried above the foilage from early Aug-Oct, excellent Fall décor, 1.5-2.5 ft., identical in appearance to P. 'Cassian', one of the most popular ornamental grasses, a must for the serious gardener, Zone 6-9
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln’
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Herbstzauber’
Autumn Magic
Fountain Grass
(spring planting) sun, pink inflorescence in Aug-Sept, strong grower, 3-5 ft., fountain-like growth habit, gold-dust colored inflorescence carried above the foilage from early Aug-Oct, excellent Fall décor, 2-2.5 ft., sun, inflorescence with a hint of green Zone 6-9
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Little Bunny'
Fountain Grass
(spring planting) sun, pink inflorescence in Aug-Sept, strong grower, 3-5 ft., fountain-like growth habit, gold-dust colored inflorescence carried above the foilage from early Aug-Oct, excellent Fall décor, 8-12 in., the smallest of the fountain grasses, Zone 6-9
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Moudry’
Late Blooming Fountain Grass
(spring planting) sun, pink inflorescence in Aug-Sept, strong grower, 3-5 ft., fountain-like growth habit, gold-dust colored inflorescence carried above the foilage from early Aug-Oct, excellent Fall décor, 2-3 ft., dark purple plumes that are larger than regular variety, blooms Oct- Nov, Zone 5-9
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Moudry’
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'National Arboretum’
Fountain Grass
(spring planting) sun, pink inflorescence in Aug-Sept, strong grower, 3-5 ft., fountain-like growth habit, gold-dust colored inflorescence carried above the foilage from early Aug-Oct, excellent Fall décor, 2-3 ft., also large dark purple plumes that carry above the dark green foilage, blooms Oct-Nov, Zone 5-9
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'National Arboretum’
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Weserbergland’
Weser River Mountain Country
(spring planting) sun, pink inflorescence in Aug-Sept, strong grower, 3-5 ft., fountain-like growth habit, gold-dust colored inflorescence carried above the foilage from early Aug-Oct, excellent Fall décor 1-2 ft., compact growth habit, wider than it is tall, rich blooming Aug-Oct, Zone 6-9
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Weserbergland’
Pennisetum caudatum 
White Flowering Fountain Grass
(spring planting) sun, pink inflorescence in Aug-Sept, strong grower, 3-4 ft., very vigorous grower Aug-Oct, Zone 6-9
Pennisetum incomptum (P. flaccidum) (spring planting) sun, pink inflorescence in Aug-Sept, strong grower, 3-4 ft., good ground cover, excellent for problem banks and soil stabilization, blooms late June, long and narrow white inflorescence, Zone 5-9
Pennisetum macruorum
African Feather Grass
(spring planting) sun, pink inflorescence in Aug-Sept, strong grower, 3-4.5 ft, brownish tint, good for mass planting and erosion control, Zone 6-9
Pennisetum orientale 
Oriental Fountain Grass
(spring planting) sun, pink inflorescence in Aug-Sept, strong grower, 1–2 ft., blooms pink from May-frost, tolerates dry conditions, Zone 6-9
Pennisetum orientale 
Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose' (spring planting) sun, pink inflorescence in Aug-Sept, strong grower, 1–2 ft., blooms pink from May-frost, tolerates dry conditions, 36-40 in., intense smokey purplish rose flowers blooming May-frost, deep green arching leaf blades, Zone 6-9
Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose'
Pennisetum orientale 'Shogun' (spring planting) sun, pink inflorescence in Aug-Sept, strong grower, 1–2 ft., blooms pink from May-frost, tolerates dry conditions, 3 ft., large pink inflorescences, blooms June-Oct, Zone 5-9
Pennisetum orientale 'Shogun'
Pennisetum orientale 'Tall Tails' (spring planting) sun, pink inflorescence in Aug-Sept, strong grower, 1–2 ft., blooms pink from May-frost, tolerates dry conditions, 5-6 ft., creamy white long flowers, blooms June-frost, Zone 6-9
Pennisetum setaceum (spring planting) sun, pink inflorescence in Aug-Sept, strong grower, 2-3 ft., graceful pink inflorescence on fine arching foliage, blooms Aug-frost, grown as a tender ornamental grass,Zone 6-9
Pennisetum setaceum Rubrum’ 
Purple Leaved Fountain Grass
(spring planting) sun, pink inflorescence in Aug-Sept, strong grower, 2-3 ft., purple leaved form of P. setaceum, richly blooming and very suitable for the Summer garden, Zone 9-10
Pennisetum setaceum Rubrum’ 
Phalaris arundinacea 'Dwarf Garters’ 
Compact Ribbon Grass
(spring or fall planting) 1 ft., white variegation, Zone 4-9
Phalaris arundinacea 'Luteopicta’ 
Golden Variegated Ribbon Grass
(spring or fall planting) 1-2 ft., sun, ground cover, Zone 4-9
Phalaris arundinacea 'Picta'
Gardener's Garters
(spring or fall planting) 1-2 ft., green & white very popular ground cover, blooms May-June, ideal for soil stabilization and difficult areas, Zone 4-9
Phalaris arundinacea 'Picta'
Phalaris arundinacea 'Strawberries and Cream' (P. a. ‘Feesey’) (spring or fall planting) 2-3 ft., sun, multi-colored fine-textured leaves, pink in Spring, almost white in Summer, with cream colored flowers, blooms May-June, very showy, Zone 4-9
Phalaris arundinacea 'Strawberries and Cream' (P. a. ‘Feesey’)
Phalaris arundinacea 'Tricolor' (spring or fall planting) 2-3 ft., pink-white-green variegation on leaves, robust grower,Zone 4-9
Phragmites australis
Common Reed
(spring planting) 8-10 ft., several clones available, sun, moisture-loving, Zone 4-10
Phragmites australis 'Pseudodonax'
Giant Common Reed
(spring planting) 20-25 ft., sun, a giant in the world of grasses, used in park-like settings, Zone 4-10
Phragmites australis 'Pseudodonax'
Phragmites variegatus 
Variegated Common Reed
(spring planting) 6-8 ft., gold-yellow variegation, sun, very choice, Zone 4-10
Phragmites variegatus 
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