Ornamental Grasses Photo Gallery Page 7

Miscanthus 'Autumn light' (129300 bytes)

Maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Autumn light') in fall (17470 bytes)

   Maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Autumn light') this grass produces a zigzag plume segment that appears in mid-September and is the darkest bronze of the miscanthus. It is a robust grower with medium green foliage and a good yellowish fall color. Foliage is arching and plumes grow vertically in a uniform columnar form. Hardy to zone 4.
Northern sea oats (chasmanthium) (113480 bytes)

Northern sea oats (chasmanthium latifolium) fall flowers (141302 bytes)

Northern sea oats (chasmanthium latifolium) is a warm season, clump forming, beautiful woodland grass. It is coarse textured with very decorative flowers that can be seen from June through September. This grass likes fertile, well-drained soil, ample moisture, and can be grown in full sun or partial shade. Drought tolerant, it is also a good plant for shady, hot and dry locations.

red rays switch grass (105731 bytes) Red rays switch grass (Panicum virgatum 'Rotstrahlbusch') fall (147084 bytes) Red rays switch grass (Panicum virgatum 'Rotstrahlbusch') is hardy to zone 3. It's foliage takes on red coloring mid summer, becoming a deep burgundy red color on the upper leaf blades and seedheads in fall and fades to a tan-beige in winter. Will tolerate dry to boggy soil. Prefers full sun but will tolerate partial shade. Seed plumes persist into winter and provide visual interest as well as food for birds.
Mexican hairgrass (92601 bytes) mexican hair grass, close up (86098 bytes)  

Mexican hairgrass (I. Stipa tennuifolia) is an elegant grass that starts the year as a dark green clump grass and develops flaxen, airy plumes by autumn. Should be planted where it is best seen when blowing in a breeze. Tolerates most growing conditions and is drought tolerant once established.

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Photographs courtesy of Judy Sedbrook.

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