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Botanical / Common Name
Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Avalanche’
Feather Reed Grass
(spring or fall planting) sun, groups, Zone 4-9
Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster’
Karl Foerster's Feather Reed Grass
(spring or fall planting) sun, groups, 2001 PPA PLANT OF THE YEAR, 5-6 ft., smaller than the 'stricta' and blooms about 2 weeks earlier, Zone 4-9
Calamagrostis 'Overdam’ 
Striped Feather Reed Grass 
(spring or fall planting) sun, groups, 1-3 ft., very choice, white variegated foliage, gold inflorescence, sun, part. shade, Zone 5-9
Calamagrostis 'Stricta' 
Stiff Feather Reed Grass
(spring or fall planting) sun, groups, 5-7 ft., excellent inflorescence color of reddish-bronze turning to buff, blooms mid-Summer and well into Fall, Zone 4-9
Calamagrostis brachytricha  (Achnatherum brachytricha)
Korean Reed Grass
(spring or fall planting) 2-3 ft., sun, part shade, small groups, rose purple inflor., blooms early Fall, Zone 4-9
Carex appalachica (spring or fall planting), Zone 6-9
Carex appalachica bergrenii 
Bergrenii Sedge
(spring or fall planting) 2-4 in., copper color ground cover, ideal for oriental gardens, moisture loving, part shade, Zone 6-9
Carex buchananii 
Leather Leaf Sedge
(spring planting) 2 ft., upright erect growth, golden brown foilage, full-part shade, Zone 6-9
Carex comans 
New Zealand Hair Sedge
(spring or fall planting) 1-2 ft., green or bronze foilage, sun, part shade, rock, Zone 7-9
Carex comans  'Bronze’
New Zealand Hair Sedge
(spring or fall planting) 5-8 in., Zone 7-9
Carex comans  'Frosted Curls'
New Zealand Hair Sedge
(spring or fall planting) 1 ft., ruffled tips on thin silvery green leaves, Zone 7-9
Carex conica 'Snowline' (aka 'Marginata' ) 
Miniature Variegated Sedge
(spring or fall planting) 8-12 in., white leaves with thin green band down center, tolerates sun with adequate moisture, full-part shade, Zone 5-9
Carex dolichostachya 'Kaga Nishiki' 
Gold Fountains
(spring or fall planting) 10 in., shade, like 'Evergold' with narrow foliage, bright gold color, tolerates dry conditions, Zone 5-9
Carex elata ‘Aurea’ (C.e. ‘Bowles Golden’ ) 
Golden Variegated Sedge

Formerly known as 'Bowles Golden' - This is a brilliant sedge which is perfect for brightening up and adding interest to shaded areas because of its ripping spritely color set of lemon and lime.  Often used in botanical gardens and exhibits near water features for artistic effect.   It can also be used to fill gaps in borders.

  • Height:  24”-30” Spread: 18”-24”
  • Full sun to part shade
  • Spring or fall planting
  • Zone 5-8
Carex flacca 
Glaucous Sedge, Carnation Grass 
(spring or fall planting) 6-24 in., dense, fine green-blue foilage, will stay small in dry conditions, Zone 4
Carex flacca 'Burton's Blue' (spring or fall planting) ¾ in. wider foliage than flacca, bluest selectionl, Zone 4-9
Carex flacca  'Durmiter' (spring or fall planting) stronger grower than flacca, Zone 5-9
Carex flaccosperma (spring or fall planting) blue green leaves, fairly drought tolerant, Zone 5
Carex flagellifera 
Weeping Brown New Zealand Sedge
(spring or fall planting) 1-2 ft.,orange to bronze foliage, less vertical, Zone 7-9
Carex glauca (C. flacca ssp. flacca)
Blue Sedge
(spring or fall planting) 6 in., sun, shade, massing, Zone 5-9
Carex glauca 'Blue Zinger' (spring or fall planting) 10-20", Foliage of blue-gray-green mounding nicely in full sun - partial shade. Great groundcover & deer resistant, Zone 5-9
Carex grayi 
Gray's Sedge or Morning Star Sedge
(spring or fall planting) 3', md green foilage with light green seed head, Zone 5-9
Carex hachijoensis 'Evergold' (C. morrowi aureovariegata)
Variegated Japanese Sedge
(spring or fall planting) 1 ft., evergreen, off-white variegation, Zone 6-9
Carex laxiculmus 'Hobb' Bunny Blue Carex laxiculmis, sometimes commonly called creeping sedge, is an evergreen sedge that is native to eastern North America. In Missouri it is uncommonly found in mesic upland forests in the southern part of the State (Steyermark). It has dark green foliage. ‘Hobb’ is a silvery blue-leaved cultivar that is commonly sold under the trade name of BUNNY BLUE. It typically grows in a dense rounded clump to 12” tall with grassy leaves to 12-14” long and 1/2” wide. Insignificant flower spikes appear in late spring. Group or mass as a clumping ground cover in shady areas of borders or woodland gardens. Effective accent for smaller gardens. Edging plant for paths or walkways or woodlands. Also appropriate for areas with moist soils such as low spots or on the periphery of streams or ponds.
  • Sun: Part shade to full shade
  • Height 6”-12” x same spread
  • Medium to wet soil conditions
  • Zone 5-9
Carex montana 
Mountain Sedge
(spring or fall planting) 10 in., sulfur yellow inflorescence, Zone4-9
Carex morrowii (spring planting) 1 ft., good ground cover, Zone 5-9
Carex morrowii 'Fisher’s Form’ (spring planting) 12-18 in., dark green leaves edged in white, part shade, Zone 5
Carex morrowii 'Goldband'
Golden Variegated Japanese Sedge
(spring planting) evergreen, rock garden, very hardy, Zone 5-9
Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance' (spring planting) 12 in., improved C.m. 'Variegata', semi-evergreen, ground cover, full-part shade, Zone 5-9
Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance'
Carex morrowii ' Silver Sceptre' (spring planting) 12 in., narrow 1/4 in. leaves with white margins, thick ivory clumps, full-part shade, Zone 5-9
Carex morrowii 'Temnolepsis'
Silk Tassle
(spring planting) narrow leaves, Zone 5-9
Carex morrowii 'Variegata'
Silver Variegated Japanese Sedge
(spring planting) thin silver centers on leaves, evergreen, Zone 5-9
Carex muskingumensis 
Palm Sedge Grass
(spring or fall planting) 2 ft., Zone 5-9
Carex muskingumensis 'Ice Fountain’s'
Variegated Palm Branch Sedge
(spring or fall planting) 28-30 in., green with white fading to light green by mid-Summer, full sun, part shade, moist garden, cold Winter for maximum color next season,Zone 3-8
Carex muskingumensis 'Little Midge' (spring or fall planting) dwarf form of C. muskingumensis, Zone 5-8
Carex muskingumensis 'Oehme' (spring or fall planting) 20 in., green yellow border, part sun, full-part shade, Zone 4-8
Carex muskingumensis 'Wachtposten' (spring or fall planting) 3 ft., drought resistant, upright growth habit, Zone 4-9
Carex nigra 'Variegata'
Black Blooming Sedge Grass
(spring or fall planting) 1-1.5 ft., rock garden, native to bogs & marshes of the east coast USA, greenish-blue foilage, Zone 4-8
Carex oshimensis 'Gold Strike' (spring or fall planting) 12 in., light yellow variegation, Zone 5
Carex pendula 
Drooping Sedge Grass 
(spring or fall planting) 2-3 ft., moist, semi-evergreen, ground cover, Zone 5-9
Carex pensylvanica North American native found in open woods and thickets. Spreads slowly via rhizomatious clumps. For optimum results it is recommended that you cut foliage to the ground in early spring before new growth occurs. This native grass makes an excellent shade groundcover with its tough disposition and spreading habits. The fine texture and moppy-head gives this sedge a soft appearance that is lovely as an under planting for trees and taller shrubs.  It is often used as a lawn substitute that only needs mowing 2-3 times a year. It has a wheat colored bloom.
  • Full- part shade
  • Dry well drained
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Deer resistant
  • Season of Interest – Spring through Fall 
  • Use as ground cover, massing for green wall or windbreak
  • Zone 4
Carex petriei 
Brown Sedge
(spring planting) 8 in., moisture loving, short, stiff, upright, Zone 6-9
Carex phyllocephala 'Sparkler' (spring or fall planting) 2-3 ft., white variegated foliage, moisture, Zone 7-10
Carex plantaginea
Plantain-leaved Sedge Grass
(spring planting) 1-2 ft., good ground cover, shiny broad leaves, evergreen, massing, Zone 5-9
Carex platyphylla (spring planting) 1-2ft, good ground cover, borad leaves, everygreen clumps, Zone 5-7
Carex siderosticha 'Island Brocade' (spring or fall planting) 9 in. ground cover with 12 in. flower height. Green with strong gold varieg., prefers heat & humidity, Zone 6-9
Carex siderosticha 'Variegata' (spring or fall planting) broad leaf, white stripes on margins, cool springs can produce pink tinted new foilage, very attractive, Zone 7-9
Carex speciosa 'The Beatles’ 
Mop-headed Sedge Grass
(spring or fall planting) 4 in., shade, moisture loving, green mound ground cover,Zone 5-9
Carex speciosa 'Catlin’ 
(spring or fall planting) 1 ft., thin medium green foilage, evergreen, ground-cover, Zone 7-9
Carex stricta (spring or fall planting) Sun to light shade Grows 2-3 ft. tall, clumping, evergreen, dought tolerant, Zone 5-9
Carex sylvatica 
Forest Sedge 
(spring or fall planting) 18-24 in., medium green foilage turning yellow with frost, plumes 2-3 ft. in mid-Spring,Zone 5-9
Carex testacea 
Orange New Zealand Sedge
(spring or fall planting) 2-3 ft., tall fine textured foilage with orange tints in Winter, clump forming, long trailing, Zone 4-9
Chasmanthium latifolium 
Wild Oats
Cool season, clump forming grass with light green wide blades.  It has a highly decorative inflorescence that looks just like oats.  Appears in early spring with a soft apple green seed head with pinkish highlights that gently resolve to a wheat brown.  Shade should be provided in hot dry locations, well drained soil with ample moisture; drought tolerant once established.
  • (spring planting)
  • Height 28-40”
  • Spread same
  • Full sun – Shade
  • Zone 5-9
Chasmanthium latifolium 'River Mist' PP  This loosely tufted, spreading grass has lovely, arching, green and white variegated foliage with unique, sparkling white seed heads that hang in loose clusters. A showy grass suitable as a specimen in beds, borders and containers, it also mixes well with others in combination plantings. Although it is deciduous, the foliage and very attractive seed heads remain long into the winter for additional seasonal interest. If the seeds have the opportunity to germinate they will revert to the native Chasmanthium latifolia.  The flowering stems are an unusual look in cut and dried flower arrangements. Plant in fertile, moist, but well-drained soil. Cut back in late winter or very early spring before new growth begins.
  • Full sun or partial shade.
  • Height: 30–36"/36" x spread 36”
  • Zone 5-9
Cortederia selloana
Pampas Grass
(spring planting) 8-12 ft., green to gray green foilage, evergreen in mild climates, moist winters & hot dry summers, Zone 8-10
Cortaderia 'Andes Silver’ 
True Hardy Pampas
(spring planting) 5-7 ft., large silver plumes, Zone 6-10
Cortaderia 'Aureolineata’
(C. 'Gold Band')

Variegated Pampas Grass
(spring planting) 5-6 ft., golden variegated foliage, Zone 8-10
Cortaderia 'Patagonia’ 
Hardy Pampas Grass
(spring planting) 5-6 ft., bluish leaves, silver plumes, Zone 6-10
Cortaderia 'Pumila’ 
Compact Pampas Grass
(spring planting) 4-6 ft., for the smaller garden, Zone 7-10 (has been known to survive mild winters in Zone 6)
Cortaderia 'Rendatleri’ 
Pink Pampas Grass
(spring planting) 8-9 ft., large purplish pink plumes, Zone 8-10
Cortaderia 'Silver Comet’
Silver Striped Pampas Grass 
(spring planting) 6-8 ft., white variegated foliage, white plumes, Zone 8-10
Cortederia 'Sunningdale Silver' (spring planting) 10 ft., silvery plumes high above foliage, Zone 8-10
Cymbopogon citratus 
Lemon Grass 
(spring planting) 2-3 ft., 1 in. wide, light green leaves, full sun, moisture, Zone 9-10