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Bluestem – Prairie Blues Grass

Picture Not AvailableTall Dense clump of bright silvery blue leaves with silver seed heads.
Common NamePrairie Blues Bluestem GrassBotanical NameSchizachyrium scoparium 'Prairie Blues'
Height0.9 mSpread0.35
Hardiness ZoneZone 3Foliage ColourSilver
Flower ColourFall Colour
LocationSunshineGrowth HabitColumnar
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Feather Reed – Avalanche Variegated Grass

Picture Not AvailableGreen foliage with white stripe down the middle. Rosy purple plumes in late summer.
Common NameAvalanche Variegated Feather Reed GrassBotanical NameCalamagrostis acutiflora 'Avalanche'
Height120 cmSpread60 cm
Hardiness ZoneZone 3Foliage ColourGreen Variegated White
Flower ColourTanFall Colour
LocationSunshine/Part ShadeGrowth Habit
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Feather Reed – Blue Joint Grass

Picture Not AvailableThis grass is a native found in wet meadows, open woodlands and along streambanks. It is best used for natural landscaping as it spreads by rhizome. Full sun in moist soil, shade if dry locations.
Common NameBlue Joint Reed GrassBotanical NameCalamagrostis canadensis 'Blue Joint'
Height120 cmSpread
Hardiness ZoneZone 3Foliage Colour
Flower ColourFall Colour
LocationGrowth Habit
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Feather Reed – Cheju-Do Grass

Picture Not AvailableA dwarf variety of Feather Reed grass. Produces mauve coloured flowers followed by golden seed head in fall.
Common NameCheju-Do GrassBotanical NameCalamagrostis acutiflora 'Cheju-do'
Height90 cmSpread
Hardiness ZoneZone 3Foliage ColourGreen
Flower ColourMauveFall Colour
LocationSunshine/Part ShadeGrowth Habit
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Feather Reed – Eldorado Grass

Picture Not AvailableLong narrow golden coloured striped leaves with feathery purple plumes. Excellent wheat coloured stocks stay on for winter interest.
Common NameEldorado Feather Reed GrassBotanical NameCalamagrostis acutiflora 'Eldorado'
Height1.25 mSpread0.75 m
Hardiness ZoneZone 4Foliage ColourGreen
Flower ColourFall Colour
LocationSunshineGrowth Habit
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Feather Reed – Karl Foerster Grass

Feather Reed – Karl Foerster GrassStrong upright clumps , with dark green leaves. Soft feathery plumes appear in summer maturing to wheat colored spikes in fall. The seed heads add to the winter landscape. Does well in most conditions.
Common NameKarl Foerster Reed GrassBotanical NameCalamagrostis acutilflora 'Karl Foerster'
Height100-120 cmSpread80 cm
Hardiness ZoneZone 3Foliage ColourGreen
Flower ColourFall Colour
LocationSunshine/Part ShadeGrowth Habit
Special FeaturesDeer Resistant  

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Feather Reed – Overdam Variegated Grass

Picture Not AvailableStrong upright clumps , with beautiful white and green variegated foliage. Soft feathery greenish-mauve plumes appear in summer, maturing into stiff wheat-coloured spikes, which last into winter.
Common NameOverdam Variegated Reed GrassBotanical NameCalamagrostis acutiflora 'Overdam'
Height120 cmSpread60 cm
Hardiness ZoneZone 3Foliage ColourStriped White & Green
Flower ColourFall Colour
LocationSunshine/Part ShadeGrowth Habit
Special FeaturesDeer Resistant  

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Feather Reed – Waldenbuch Grass

Picture Not AvailableDark green foliage with light purple flowers throughout summer turning beautiful wheat colours in fall for winter interest.
Common NameWaldenbuch Feather Reed GrassBotanical NameCalamagrostis acutiflora 'Waldenbuch'
HeightSpread
Hardiness ZoneZone 4Foliage Colour
Flower ColourFall Colour
LocationSunshineGrowth HabitNarrows
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Fescue – Beyond Blue Grass

Picture Not AvailableDense clump of very blue grass throughout summer with spikes of small tan flowers.  Excellent for borders, summer containers or mass plantings.
Common NameBeyond Blue Fescue GrassBotanical NameFestuca glauca 'Beyond Blue'
Height0.25 mSpread0.4 m
Hardiness ZoneZone 4Foliage ColourBlue Green
Flower ColourCreamFall Colour
LocationSunshineGrowth HabitRounded
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Fescue – Elijah Blue Grass

Picture Not AvailableDense clump of blue grass. Tan seed heads in mid summer
Common NameElijah Blue Fescue GrassBotanical NameFestuca ovina glauca 'Elijah Blue'
Height25 cmSpread30 cm
Hardiness ZoneZone 3Foliage ColourBright Blue
Flower ColourFall Colour
LocationSunshine/Part ShadeGrowth Habit
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Fountain – Hameln Dwarf Grass

Picture Not AvailableNarrow green stems with fluffy white plumes of flowers throughout summer.  Wheat coloured stems for winter interest.
Common NameHameln Dwarf Fountain GrassBotanical NamePennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'
Height0.6 mSpread0.9 m
Hardiness ZoneZone 4Foliage Colour
Flower ColourFall Colour
LocationGrowth Habit
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Goldtau Tufted Hair Grass

Picture Not AvailableDense mounding clump of green blades turning light brown in the fall. Plumes of yellow and gold in late summer
Common NameGoldtau Tufted Hair GrassBotanical NameDeschampsia cespitosa
Height70 cmSpread50 cm
Hardiness ZoneZone 3Foliage Colour
Flower ColourFall Colour
LocationGrowth Habit
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June Grass

Picture Not AvailableA native grass with silvery green seed heads, turning tan in fall. Attractive grey-green foliage.
Common NameJune GrassBotanical NameKoeleria cristata
Height50 cmSpread
Hardiness ZoneZone 3Foliage ColourBlue Green
Flower ColourTanFall Colour
LocationSunshine/Part ShadeGrowth Habit
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Lyme – Blue Dune Grass

Picture Not AvailableSilver blue foliage spreads vigorously by rhizomes which can fill large areas quickly. Useful for erosion control. Very heat tolerant.
Common NameBlue Dune Lyme GrassBotanical NameElymus glaucous 'Blue Dune'
Height100 cmSpread
Hardiness ZoneZone 3Foliage ColourBlue-Silver
Flower ColourFall Colour
LocationSunshine/Part ShadeGrowth Habit
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Moor – Variegated Grass

Moor – Variegated GrassLow clump of green and white striped leaves, taller arching stems of yellow plumes in late summer, lasting into fall.
Common NameVariegated Moor GrassBotanical NameMolina caerulea
Height65 cmSpread50 cm
Hardiness ZoneZone 3Foliage Colour
Flower ColourFall Colour
LocationSunshine/Part ShadeGrowth Habit
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Mosquito / Blue Gamma Grass

Picture Not AvailableShort clumps of soft green grass with uniquely shaped flower heads hovering above like little mosquitoes.  Drought tolerant and excellent choice for dry areas with lots of sun.
Common NameBlue Gamma /Mosquito GrassBotanical NameBouteloua gracilis
Height0.5 mSpread0.25 m
Hardiness ZoneZone 3Foliage ColourGreen
Flower ColourCreamFall Colour
LocationSunshineGrowth Habit
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Needle Grass

Picture Not AvailableNative, cool season grass with a compacted sharp, needle like head, hence the name.
Common NameNeedle GrassBotanical NameStipa viridula
Height30 - 60 cmSpread
Hardiness ZoneZone 3Foliage ColourGreen
Flower ColourTanFall Colour
LocationGrowth Habit
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Oat – Bulbous Grass

Oat – Bulbous GrassGreen foliage with white margins. Tan plumes in late summer.
Common NameBulbous Oat GrassBotanical NameArrhenatherum elat. bulbosum 'Variegatum'
Height35 cmSpread40 cm
Hardiness ZoneZone 3Foliage ColourGreen & White Variegated
Flower ColourFall Colour
LocationSunshine/Part ShadeGrowth Habit
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Oat – Sapphire Blue Grass

Oat – Sapphire Blue GrassHardier than blue fescue, this grass forms graceful fountains of bright steel-blue blades. Neat ornamental clumps that combine well with other grasses.
Common NameSapphire Blue Oat GrassBotanical NameHelictrotrichon sempervirens
Height60 cmSpread60 cm
Hardiness ZoneZone 4Foliage Colour
Flower ColourFall Colour
LocationSunshine/Part ShadeGrowth Habit
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Ribbon Grass

Picture Not AvailableVariegated creamy-white and light green leaves that have a hint of pink in the summer. Pinkish white flower heads turn light brown in fall. Spreading habit that can be invasive. Does best in shady most areas.
Common NameRibbon GrassBotanical NamePhalaris arundinacea var. picta
Height80 cmSpread90 cm
Hardiness ZoneZone 2Foliage ColourGreen and White
Flower ColourFall Colour
LocationSunshine/Part ShadeGrowth Habit
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Strawberries & Cream Grass

Strawberries & Cream Grass
Common NameStrawberries & Cream GrassBotanical NamePhalaris arundinacea
Height30 cmSpread60 cm
Hardiness ZoneZone 3Foliage Colour
Flower ColourFall Colour
LocationGrowth Habit
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Switchgrass – Blood Brothers

Picture Not AvailableClumps of upright blue-green foliage mature to blood red. Clouds of airy, reddish seed heads mature to tan in the fall, providing winter interest. Does not tolerate wet soil conditions.
Common NameBlood Brothers SwitchgrassBotanical NamePanicum virgatum
Height125 cmSpread125 cm
Hardiness ZoneZone 3Foliage ColourBlue-Green Mature to Blood Red
Flower ColourFall Colour
LocationSunshineGrowth Habit
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Switchgrass – Cheyenne Sky

Switchgrass – Cheyenne SkyBlue-green leaves turn wine red in summer and form a dense, upright clump. Purple flower panicles appear just above the foliage in late summer early fall. Full sun.  
Common NameCheyenne Sky SwitchgrassBotanical NamePanicum virgatum
Height120 cmSpread
Hardiness ZoneZone 4Foliage Colour
Flower ColourFall Colour
LocationSunshine/Part ShadeGrowth Habit
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Switchgrass – Heavy Metal

Picture Not AvailableVery upright, stiff blue green foliage. Airy pink tinges panicles from early August til frost. Full sun to part shade.
Common NameHeavy Metal SwitchgrassBotanical NamePanicum virgatum
Height100 cmSpread90 cm
Hardiness ZoneZone 3Foliage Colour
Flower ColourFall Colour
LocationSunshine/Part ShadeGrowth Habit
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Switchgrass – Prairie Flame

Picture Not AvailableTall, upright clump of blue-green leaves that develop wine-red tips in early summer. Airy heads of tiny pinkish red flowers appear in late summer turning a beige brown in the fall
Common NamePrairie Flame SwitchgrassBotanical NamePanicum virgatum
Height120 cmSpread
Hardiness ZoneZone 4Foliage Colour
Flower ColourFall Colour
LocationSunshine/Part ShadeGrowth Habit
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Switchgrass – Red

Picture Not AvailableUpright clump of green grass with bright red ends. Delicate pink red flowers in summer blow lightly above.
Common NameRed SwitchgrassBotanical NamePanicum virgatum 'Rostrahlbusch'
Height90-110 cmSpread90 cm
Hardiness ZoneZone 3Foliage Colour
Flower ColourFall Colour
LocationSunshine/Part ShadeGrowth Habit
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Switchgrass – Shenandoah

Picture Not AvailableUpright clump of grassy green leaves with red tips. Plumes of red flowers appear in mid summer. Grass continues to turn more red as fall appraoches.
Common NameShenandoah SwitchgrassBotanical NamePanicum virgatum
Height1 mSpread1.2 m
Hardiness ZoneZone 3Foliage ColourGreen with Red Tips
Flower ColourRoseFall ColourBurgundy
LocationSunshine/Part ShadeGrowth Habit
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Switchgrass -Prairie Fire

Picture Not AvailableClumping form of a grass with blue green stems and wine purple tips. Light airy flowers in summer.
Common NamePrairie Fire SwitchgrassBotanical NamePanicum virgatum
Height150 cmSpread
Hardiness ZoneZone 4Foliage Colour
Flower ColourFall Colour
LocationSunshineGrowth Habit
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