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ACORUS ACORUS

ACORUS GRAMINEUS OGON - Yellow-leaved Calamus - Grass-like perennial. Excellent for brightening the edges of ponds or water gardens. Rich golden yellow blades provide colorful accents, even in lightly shaded areas. Slowly naturalizes by spreading roots. Crushed foliage emits a delightful scent. Evergreen. Partial to full sun. Needs wet or constantly moist soil. Clumps to 10 in. tall, 4 to 6 in. wide, slowly spreading.


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DIANELLA DIANELLA

DIANELLA CAERULEA CASSA BLUE - Clumping plant blue-green leaves to 18" tall spring blue flowers. Full sun, light shade. Little or regular H2O. Evergreen to 24F.

DIANELLA REVOLUTA BABY BLISS - Fans of blue leaves to 18" small pale violet flowers. Full sun shade. Low maintenance. Hardy to 20F.

DIANELLA REVOLUTA LITTLE REV - Evergreen clumping plant fans of green & blue leaves to 2-3'. Full sun shade. Low maintenance. Hardy to 20F.

DIANELLA TASMANICA VARIEGATA - Evergreen perennial white striped 1-2' tall leaves & blue flowers in spring. Light shade full coastal sun. Regular to occasional H2O. Hardy to 20-25 F.


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SCIRPUS SCIRPUS

SCIRPUS CERNUS - very attractive grasslike, rush relative growing to 8 inches tall with bright green evergreen foliage.  Plant in part shade to full sun along the coast, directly in water at a depth of 2 in. or at the water's edge.  Useful singularly, in mass or as a ground cover.  In the summer, attractive dark brown small flowers appear at the end of each stem and contrast well with the foliage.  Cut back yearly for fresh new growth.


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SESLERIA SESLERIA

SESLERIA CAERULEA - Evergreen clumping grass 8" tall and 1' wide with narrow bicolored leaves: with the upper side a rich green and the underside a bluish-white and with both colors visible on the vertically held leaves, has a blue cast. Dark purple flower spikes appear in spring accented with yellow anthers. Plant in full sun to light shade and irrigate regularly to occasionally drought tolerant but likes an occasional watering. This plant makes a slowly spreading clump that can be used to accent an edge of a rock or path and when planted close together can create a very nice solid groundcover in sun or part shade. Frost hardy in zones 5-9.


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STIPA STIPA

STIPA TENUISSIMA - No other grass exhibits refinement of texture as this species. Its bright green foliage resembles delicate filaments that arise in elegant, vase-like clumps and spill outward like a soft fountain. All summer it bears a profusion of feathery panicles, which mature from foamy-green to blonde. It is native to the Americas. Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Remove the old foliage of evergreen species in early spring. 1-3’ tall and wide. Zones 7-11.


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AGAPANTHUS AGAPANTHUS

AGAPANTHUS AFRICANUS - evergreen species that produces rounded clusters of blue, funnel-shaped flowers atop stiff, upright, leafless, fleshy stalks typically rising 18-24" tall above a dense mound of basal narrow, strap-shaped, linear, grass-like leaves. Blooms in summer. Foliage mounds are attractive when plants are not in bloom.

AGAPANTHUS ALBUS - perennial midsummer white flowerheads, in contrast with fresh green evergreen foliage. For best results grow in a sheltered, sunny spot, in moist but well-drained soil or grow in pots and move indoors in autumn. Reblooms if spent flower stems are removed. Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers. Foliage reaches 1½ ft. tall and wide; flower stalks reach 2½ ft. tall.

AGAPANTHUS DARK BLUE - not difficult to grow in the garden. In mild winter areas, choose a sunny, well-drained spot and enjoy the large drumstick heads of deep blue flowers from midsummer on. In colder regions, these are best grown in a pot or tub, to be wintered indoors; in late fall, put plants into a cool basement for a couple of months, bring to a sunny window in March and begin to water sparingly until growth resumes. Attractive to butterflies. Easily divided in early spring.

AGAPANTHUS QUEEN ANNE - Moderate-growing, clumping evergreen perennial 12-15” tall and wide, tough dazzling, dependable display. Long-blooming semi-dwarf variety forms a soft mound of narrow, arching, strap-like green leaves make an outstanding texture contrast to broad-leafed shrubs. Ball-shaped clusters of funnel-shaped blue flowers throughout warmer months. Remove old flower spikes expire to promote re-blooming. An ideal choice for beds and borders, accent, edging, poolside or mass planting, a good container specimen. Tolerates variety of soil types (provided they’re well-drained) and capable of surviving on little water, more robust plant is achieved with regular watering in a full to partial sun exposure. Zones 8a-11.

AGAPANTHUS STORM CLOUD - Luxurious evergreen green foliage that tinges purple-red in winter. Deep blue flowers rise above the foliage on 3-4’ tall blackish stems in summer. Plant in full sun or part shade, with moderate water. Hardy to 20-25 degrees. Storm Cloud is a slightly smaller with smaller flowers of a darker blue.

AGAPANTHUS TINKERBELL - Dwarf 6-12” tall, narrow leaves with creamy white variegation along leaf margins and short flower stalks bearing medium blue flowers in early summer. Plant in full sun-light shadeblooms better in sun, and given regular irrigation. Evergreen 25 degrees F. Slower growing than most other Agapanthus and is shye of bloom, but its attractive foliage makes it a useful plant in the garden or in container gardening, where it can be a small potted specimen or mixed planting.


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CHONDROPETALUM CHONDROPETALUM

CHONDROPETALUM ELEPHANTINUM - Dense tufted clumps of 4’ tall dark green unbranched stems. The dark brown sheaths at the joints drop off in summer leaving a dark band at each node. Late in season stems arch from weight of clusters of small brown flowers at tips. Plant in full to part sun. Drought tolerant, but appreciates supplemental water in spring. Hardy to 20-25 F, prefers marshy habitat. Can be planted in seaside gardens, used in relatively dry landscapes or used as a plant in the shallows of a water garden.


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FESTUCA FESTUCA

FESTUCA CINEREA ELIJAH BLUE - A cool-season grass. An evergreen clumping, soft silver-blue grass to 8 to 10 inches tall. Plant in moist, well-draining soil and full sun (coastal); should be protected from very hot, direct summer sun inland as it may burn, though this selection is noted as the most heat tolerant of the Blue Fescues. Avoid over watering during the growing season. Drought tolerant once established, but may turn brown in the hottest part of the summer. Festucas should be trimmed annually during cooler months to keep up a neater appearance. . It is a very hardy plant, tolerating to USDA zone 4. It is more silvery and smaller than the other Blue Fescue.


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MUHLENBERGIA MUHLENBERGIA

MUHLENBERGIA - Muhly Grasses are beautiful grasses, deliver powerful combinations, drought tolerance, grow easily in inhospitable areas as in well-tended gardens, grow in arid or semiarid regions, that make them a good choice for low-water landscapes. Need well-drained soil to remain healthy and survive wet winters. Need full sun and dry conditions to look best and suffer in shade or wet summers. Easy to grow and require little extra attention. Take average moisture in containers, should not stay wet, grow relatively quickly and not sensitive to fertilizer salts. Use a slow release fertilizer at a medium rate. If winter drainage is poor, can be compounded by planting late in the season. Hardy to Zones 7-11, adapts to a range of soils, has low water needs, and tolerant of high salinity. Native habitats are hot and dry, leading to a build-up of salts in the soil, fine foliage and an upright, fountain-like habit. The blue gray foliage reaches 4’, with purplish-tinged panicles adding another 8 to 24” in September. The blooms ripen to silvery white. The erect, arching stems are finely branched, very narrow leaves, looks best with more water, can withstand dry periods.


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OPHIOPOGON OPHIOPOGON

OPHIOPOGON JAPONICUS - Evergreen perennial. Part sun, light shade. Water occasionally, regularly. Pale lilac flowers in summer. 6-9" high, spreading. 10-15 degrees F. OPHIOPOGON JAPONICUS NANA, Dwarf mondo grass is a Japanese plant that has charmed the gardens of the world. A decorative, low growing plant, this plant looks best when grouped together.

OPHIOPOGON PLANISCAPUS NIGRESCENS - Mondo grass cultivar which is noted for its purplish-black leaves, bell-shaped pink flowers. Somewhat suggestive of liriope, this is a stemless plant which features slowly spreading clumps of narrow, linear, grass-like, basal leaves typically rising 6-9" tall. Foliage is a very dark purple and in many light situations appears black. Racemes of bell-shaped, light pink flowers appear on dark stems rising slightly above to slightly below the foliage in summer, providing excellent contrast with the dark leaves.


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SETACEUM SETACEUM

SETACEUM EATON CANYON - (Dwarf Red Fountain Grass) - This evergreen to semi-evergreen grass has foliage that grows 18 to 24 inches tall and has narrow red-tinged bronze foliage and reddish brown flower plumes that rise above the foliage to about 30 inches tall. It is a smaller and finer-textured plant than Red Fountain Grass, Pennisetum 'x advena 'Rubrum' but also has greener foliage. Plant in full sun and irrigate little to occasionally. Evergreen in frost free gardens and root hardy to 20-25 degrees. John Greenlee Grass Collection under the name Pennisetum 'Red Riding Hood. A great fountain grass for the smaller garden or for container gardening. Cut back in winter to early spring (even in frost free locales) to tidy up the plant.



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STIPA STIPA

STIPA TENUISSIMA - No other grass exhibits refinement of texture as this species. Its bright green foliage resembles delicate filaments that arise in elegant, vase-like clumps and spill outward like a soft fountain. All summer it bears a profusion of feathery panicles, which mature from foamy-green to blonde. It is native to the Americas. Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Remove the old foliage of evergreen species in early spring. 1-3’ tall and wide. Zones 7-11.


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