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Sporobolus wrightii -  Sacaton Grass (17521 bytes)    Sporobolus wrightii -  Sacaton Grass
Giant sacaton is a warm season bunchgrass growing 5 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. It's spectacular when the stiff, towering seed stalks develop and rise through the arching, upright leaves. The leaf blades are blue-green, 1/4 inch wide, formed on 3 foot clumps. It's a vigouous grower and at home in a variety of soil types as long as it's well drained. Mass plant as a border or interplant with littleleaf sumac, apache plume, chamisa, soapberry or desert willow as an accent. Sacatoon grass is xeric but does appreciate deep bimontly watering in the summer when rain is scarce. Water monthly the rest of the year. In early spring cut back hard to one foot. Zones 5-9.
Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum' Purple Fountain Grass (15477 bytes) Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum' –Purple Fountain Grass -  in pot. Rich purples-red finely textured foliage is topped by dark red fuzzy flower spikes. Vigorous clumping habit. Beautiful contrast with green or gray-leaved grasses and perrenials. Requires full sun, use in summer as annual. 3' tall and wide.
Rhynchelytrum neriglume - Pink ruby grass (16337 bytes) Rhynchelytrum neriglume - Pink ruby grass - A small, cool-season grass from S. Africa that forms a 1 foot tall clump. In the fall the foliage turns purplish-red. The showy white-pink flowers bloom a foot above the foliage in the spring and summer. Best in full sun with regular water but tolerates considerable dryness. Annual in zones 4-6.


stipa3.jpg (15610 bytes) I. Stipa tennuifolia - silky thread grass (sometimes called Mexican hair grass). It grows to aprrox. 18" x 12". Plant it where breezes will cause it to sway and where it can catch the afternoon light. Stipa tolerates all kinds of soils and is very drought resistant once established. It's nice with companion plants of coreopsis, german statice, lavender, yarrow, and veronica. It does reseed, which can be a good thing. Then there are plants to share with others.
Calamogrostis 'Karl Forester', Feather reed grass  (20127 bytes) Calamogrostis 'Karl Forester' Feather reed grass(Poaceae-grass family). C. x acutiflora is later blooming. Upright form, wheat-like seedheads. This plant was chosen the Perennial Plant of the Year in 2000.
Fescue glauca - blue fescue (11273 bytes)  

Fescue glauca - blue fescue - Blue fescue forms clumps or bluish, fine textured grass 12 inches high and 10 inches wide. The plant prefers a well-drained soil. Festuca glauca is a well behaved grass that adds beautiful blue foliage year round. Hardy in zones 4-8. Flowers early to midsummer.

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Photographs courtesy of Judy Sedbrook, Judy Feather.

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