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Zone 9-10 Interesting and Useful Ornamental Grasses for the Florida Garden selected by Leigh Fulghum, botanist

Hakonechloa macra 'Nicolas' Hakonechloa macra 'Nicolas' icon

Growing Zones: 6 - 10 Sun Exposure: Part Shade Ship Form: 2 1/2-inch Pot

Mounded, cascading plant 18"- 20"H by 15"- 18"W wide, 'Nicolas' is good for a fine container, for the shade border or woodland garden, or a foundation accent. Few ornamental grasses tolerating partial shade can offer such brilliant color -- and none for such a long season.


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Black Mondo Grass

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'

This Black Mondo Grass, not a grass, but grass-like in texture, grows 6"H x 12"W and is highly resistant to heat and drought. However, it should be planted in shade or very light filtered sun. Use: forms a tightly knit ground cover and contrast for variegated or paler leaved plants. Zones 6-10.


Muhlenbergia capillaris Regal Mist™iconGulf Coast Muhly Regal Mist™ Muhlenbergia capillaris Regal Mist™

Splendid Autumn Color for the Sunny Garden! Fast-growing and adaptable to any soil!

Native to east Texas, this Gulf Coast Muhly Grass is beautiful and easy to grow. It's perfect for coastal plantings, favoring even deep, loose sand, but it's adaptable Very drought-tolerant once established, it's great for arid places , or fast-draining soils. Until it blooms, Regal Mist™ is just 3 feet high and wide, with glossy green leaves that look terrific from spring till early winter. The plumes add a foot or two to the plant's height, and arise very, very abundantly, beginning in late summer in northern climates, early fall farther south. Cut all you like for fresh or dried indoor arrangements; there are always plenty to spare on this very fast-growing ornamental grass!

The only maintenance Regal Mist™ needs is an annual pruning to remove dead leaves and spent plumes. You can whack this plant almost to soil level in late winter or early spring -- at the first hint of spring weather, it will regrow promptly! Trim away any dead or unsightly growth anytime of year without fear of harming the plant. But you won't find much to do -- Regal Mist™ is naturally symmetrical, and generally looks great with no help at all!

Regal Mist™ was introduced by Ron Gass of Mountain State Nursery in Arizona, and has proven itself hardy to -10 degrees F. It's the ideal coastal planting, but also looks good inland, mingling into the sunny border, offering a nice hedge or driveway edging, and stealing the spotlight as a specimen planting. Don't be afraid to plant it in your hottest, driest garden spot -- it can take a lot of reflected heat as well as direct sun. Zones 6-11.

Autumn Moor Grass

Sesleria autumnalis

Big Bluestem Grass

Andropogon gerardii

Variegated Ribbon Grass
Phalaris arundinacea 'Strawberries and Cream

Ice Dance Sedge

Carex 'Ice Dance'

Little Bluestem Grass
Schizachyrium scoparium

Dwarf Fountain Grass

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'

Dwarf Variegated Ribbon Grass

Phalaris arundinacea 'Dwarf Garters'

Indian Grass

Sorghastrum nutans

Evergold Sedge Grass

Carex hachioensis 'Evergold'

Feather Reed Grass

Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

Northern Pampas Grass
Erianthus ravennae

Northern Sea Oats Grass
Chasmanthium latifolium

Prairie Dropseed Grass
Sporobolus heterolepis

Golden Variegated Sweet Flag Grass
Acorus gramineus 'Ogon'

Perennial Quaking Grass

Briza media

Heavy Metal Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'

Purple Fountain Grass

Pennisetum setaceum

Shenandoah Switch Grass
Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'


Elijah Blue Fescue

Festuca glauca

The Blues Little Bluestem Grass
Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'

Toffee Twist Sedge Grass
Carex Flagellifora 'Toffee Twist'

Variegated Miscanthus Grass

Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'

Little Bunny Fountain Grass

Pennisetum 'Little Bunny'

Little Kitten Miscanthus

Miscanthus 'Little Kitten'

Redhead Fountain Grass

Pennisetum 'Redhead'

Dallas Blues Switch Grass
Panicum virgatum 'Dallas Blues' PPAF

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