Ornamental Grasses Photo Gallery Page 1

Helictotrichon sempervirens, Blue oat grass (6532 bytes)    Helictotrichon sempervirens – Blue oat grass (Poaceae). One of the first to bloom. Grows to 3 feet with straw colored flowers held well above the plant.
Pennisetum alopecuroides – Fountain grass (11117 bytes) Pennisetum alopecuroides – Fountain grass - Chinese pennisetum is a perennial grass that grows in a slowly expanding clump, 2-4' tall and just as wide. It has narrow, linear leaves that are flat, 12-20" long, less than one half inch wide. The arching mound of bright green foliage turns golden brown in winter. The flower spikelets are borne in bristly yellowish to purplish cylinders to 8" long. They resemble bottle brushes, and are at their peak in summer and begin to disintegrate by early winter.
Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum' (8221 bytes) Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'  –   Purple Fountain Grass has a symmetrical and mounding habit. The reddish-purple racemes may be 12" in length and arch gracefully above the burgundy foliage in late summer. After the first killing frosts, this ornamental grass fades to amber, and continues to be a welcomed addition to the winter landscape. It introduces motion with every breeze. An annual in our climate.
Festuca cinerea, blue fescue (10178 bytes) Festuca cinerea  –  blue fescue - Forms dense 8' mounds of fine blue leaves. Best in full sun and dry soil. Hardy to zone 4.


Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'  (12797 bytes) Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'  –   annual purple fountain grass, planted here in a mixed border.
orngrs8.jpg (10214 bytes) Miscanthus sinensis  –  maiden grass - This group of ornamental grasses are excellent perennials. They are clump forming plants with reed-like stems and leaves that are narrow and arch to the ground. The flower heads are puffy plumes that form in late summer to fall and make good cut or dried flowers. Most species are moderately frost hardy, like full sun, and have low water requirements.

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Photographs courtesy of Judy Sedbrook.

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