Ornamental Grasses Photo Gallery Page 8

Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutoans 'Indian Steel') (110646 bytes)    Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutoans 'Indian Steel') is a warm season, clump forming grass. Once established, it is very drought tolerant and is a good choice for low-maintenance gardens. The foliage color ranges from green to blue, flowers are reddish in color and present from July until frost. Seedheads are an attractive bright yellow and are often used in flower arrangements. This plant prefers moist, fertile soil and full sun to light shade.
caterpillar grass (harpochloa falx) (134001 bytes)

Caterpillar grass (Harpochloa falx) plume (28853 bytes)

Caterpillar grass (Harpochloa falx) is a small southern Africa grass species that, rather than being wind pollinated, has adapted to brushing pollen onto passing animals.  This a great garden plant, with dark green  narrow leaves, that can be grown either as a specimen plant or grouped together to give the garden structure. Looks good when interspersed with plants of contrasting growth form.  During summer, it produces the flowers that give it its name, followed by fluffy white seedheads. Once established, water needs are minimal and the plant is not susceptible to disease or pests, and despite its name, is not bothered by caterpillars.
Squirreltail (or Foxtail) Barley (Hordeum jubatum) (55920 bytes) grass,foxtail barley seedhead  (21173 bytes) Squirreltail (or Foxtail) Barley (Hordeum jubatum) is a perennial grass, grown for its highly ornamental long, soft-green flowers that develop into silky, silvery-colored seedheads. It will grow anywhere from 10-30 inches in height. Plant this grass with caution as it can become a weed. The plant grows best in full sun and a moist to dry soil, and will tolerate saline soils.
Pine Dropseed (Blepharoneuron tricholepsis) (120858 bytes) Pine Dropseed (Blepharoneuron tricholepsis) is a native grass that grows as tall as 36 inches. It is moderately drought tolerant and prefers to be grown in full sun. This plant is the host plant for the caterpillar of the Snow's Skipper.
Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana 'Marvin') (152067 bytes) Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana 'Marvin') plumes (91913 bytes) Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana 'Marvin') is a large perennial grass native to Brazil, Argentina and Chile. It grows in large clumps eight to ten feet high, bearing in late summer silvery-white or pinkish silken plumes which rise to a height of 12 feet.

Pampas grass is better used as a specimen plant in isolated locations because it grows very rapidly into a massive plant. It makes an excellent screening plant for sunny locations

It will grow in most soils and responds favorably to frequent fertilization. Makes a good addition to dry floral arrangements, but be sure to spray with hairspray or the fluffy flowers will spread throughout the house.

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Photographs courtesy of Judy Sedbrook.

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