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Miscanthus Purpurescens

Ornamental grasses are a great addition to the perennial garden-they add height, texture and winter interest to the landscape. Some may not be ready for sale until late June (they need warm weather to grow well!)

Our complete selection of hostas, daylilies, and peonies are now available for mail order! However, because we sell larger, more mature plants, we are unable to ship plants on this page , so please come visit us our farm! Also, plant availability, sizes, and prices are subject to change, so check with us if you’re coming for something in particular.

 

Plant Name
Size
Container
Price
Calamagrostis ‘Avalanche’
4’ ht x 1-2’ w
#1
#2
$9.95
$13.95
Calamagrostis ‘Avalanche’A vivid variegated form of ‘Karl Foerster’ with wide center striped on each leaf blade. Blooms in early summer with feathery gold plumes and takes sun to partial shade.
Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’
5-6’
#1
#2
$9.95
$13.95
Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster'This was the 2003 Perennial plant of the year! This cool season grass has an upright growth habit and blooms in July/August with showy, feathery cream colored blooms.
Calamagrostis ‘Eldorado’
4-5’
#1
#2
$9.95
$13.95
Calamagrostis EldoradoA new variegated Feather Reed grass with narrow green leaves that have a bright gold mid-rib. Feathery plumes appear in midsummer too!
Calamagrostis ‘Overdam’
5’
#1
#2
$9.95
$13.95
Calamagrostis 'Overdam'This variegated feather reed grass has creamy margins with a pink flush and sand colored flower heads. Noninvasive and clumping with an upright growth habit-reminds you of a tall ribbon grass but will not run!
Hakonechloa ‘All Gold’
12-18” ht x 24” w
#1
$9.95
Hakonechloa All GoldThis Japanese Forest Grass has bamboo-like, arching foliage that is completely golden-yellow. A real stunner in the partial/bright shade; patience is a virtue as this one is slow to establish but well worth the wait!
Hakonechloa ‘Aureola’
18”ht
#1
$9.95
Hakonechloa Aureola; photo courtesy of Walters GardensThis Japanese Forest Grass is the 2009 Perennial Plant of the Year! Has a graceful, cascading habit and chartreuse foliage with narrow green stripes that turns reddish pink in fall. Very slowly spreads, and would look marvelous lining a shady path or next to a water feature (oh, don’t have one? We’d be HAPPY to help you create one!!!) Reputedly deer resistant too!      
Juncus Effuses ‘Spiralis’ (Corkscrew rush)
12”
Jumbo Square
$9.95
Corkscrew RushSoft, dark green foliage with strong spirals-needs moist conditions, full sun to partial shade; can withstand bog areas or standing in up to 5” water.
Miscanthus ‘Gold Bar’
4-5’ ht
#1
#2
$9.95
$13.95
Slow growing, showy grass that has green foliage with yellow stripes. Burgundy plumes top off the upright growing foliage in the fall.
Miscanthus ‘Huron Sunrise’
5-6’ ht
#1
#2
$9.95
$13.95
Miscanthus Huron SentinelThis clump-former has medium textured foliage with a silver midrib and outstanding burgundy plumes starting mid-August. Very showy and great winter interest!
Miscanthus ‘Little Zebra’
3-4’ ht
#1
#2
$9.95
$13.95
Miscanthus Little ZebraAn adorable dwarf Maiden Grass with green and yellow banding like its bigger counterpart, ‘Zebrinus’. Forms a short, graceful clump and has reddish purple plumes that turn tan in winter.
Miscanthus ‘Morning Light’ (Maiden Grass)
48”
#1
#2
$9.95
$13.95
Miscanthus 'Morning Light'Sun/pt sun- Fine blades, variegated green/white. Crimson blooms fade to tan in Oct.
Miscanthus ‘Purpurascens’ (Flame Grass)
4’
#1
#2
$9.95
$13.95
Reddish foliage, beautiful silvery plumes in July and August.
Miscanthus ‘Super Stripe’
4’ ht x 2’ w
#1
#2
$9.95
$13.95
Miscanthus 'Super Stripe'; photo courtesy Walters GardensMiscanthus 'Super Stripe'; photo courtesy Walters GardensThis Maiden Grass lives up to its name as it is stripier than ‘Zebrinus’ and ‘Strictus’! It has striking, bright cross-hatching on dark green foliage and likes sun to partial sun. Very limited supply!
Panicum ‘Cheyenne Sky’
3’ ht
#1
$9.95
Panicum 'Cheyenne Sky'; photo courtesy Walters GardensThis NEW Red Switch Grass has a nice tight vase shape and is great for more narrow areas. It starts out with blue-green foliage which then turns a wine (merlot-ish?) red in early summer…nice! A warm season grass that also looks great in containers!      
Panicum ‘Heavy Metal’
5-6’ ht
#1
#2
$9.95
$13.95
Panicum 'Heavy Metal'; photo courtesy Walters GardensA Blue Switch Grass that has a rigid, upright growth habit with stiff metallic blue foliage that turns bright yellow in the fall. It also produces dancing pink flower panicles about a foot above the foliage in late summer. It’ll rock your garden!      
Schizachyrium ‘Blue Heaven’
4’ ht
#1
$9.95
This University of Minnesota selection has upright, dark blue-grey foliage with burgundy hues in summer, turning shades of purple, violet and red in the fall! Likes sun, is drought tolerant, and is deer resistant…heavenly!    
Schizachyrium ‘Prairie Blues’
3’ ht x 2’ w
#1
$9.95
A little Bluestem that has a stiff, upright, narrow habit and thrives in heat and dryness! The bright, grey-blue foliage turns to red-orange in the fall. Don’t overwater this one!
Sporobolus ‘Tara’
2’ ht
#1
$9.95
This dwarf Prairie Dropseed from Roy Diblik has a vase-shaped habit and stays more upright than the species. Still produces the dancing seed heads that smell delicious (some say like buttered popcorn, I say like cilantro!) Likes sun, not too picky about soil, and is drought tolerant.      
The following sedges are not true grasses, but can be used in the shade garden to give a vertical, linear look. Great with heucheras, hostas, to line a shady path, or to use as an unusual groundcover! They also look FANTASTIC next to a pond - they can even grow in a couple of inches of water!
Carex ‘Beatlemania’
6” ht x 30” w
#1
$9.95
We carried this one several years back, and brought it back due to the excitement our display plant has generated! This sedge spreads slowly but surely (no British invasion here!) and forms an arching, moppy mass of dark green foliage edged in gold. A very pettable plant that thrives in shade to partial shade.
Carex ‘Blue Zinger’
8-12”ht
jumbo
$9.95
This lovely Sedge has steel blue grass-like foliage and spreads very slowly in your shade to partial shade garden.     
Carex ‘Evergold
15”
#1
$9.95
Carex 'Evergold'Shade to partial shade. Weeping sedge with gold foliage with green margin; mine looked great all winter! A Contrary Mary Top 10 Honorable Mention!
Carex Musk. ‘Little Midge’
12-15”
#1
$9.95
Carex Little MidgeA compact form of the species, it has fine-textured foliage and spreads slowly to form a great shade groundcover.
Carex Plantaginea
12-15”
#1
$9.95
This seersucker sedge has broad, shiny green leaves that pucker like a Christmas ribbon and is mostly evergreen. Great for average to moist shade.
Carex Platyphylla
2’
#1
$9.95
Carex PlatyphyllaA clump-forming silver sedge with powder-blue leaves—give it a spring haircut for best appearance!

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