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                        Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo 2009
All the Grasses listed are Perennial, very hardy and easy to grow. When planting, add a sprinkling of a
general fertilizer and mulch generously. Most grasses can be tidied in the autumn, although many late
flowering varieties look attractive in the winter frosts and are best left intact. Spring pruning is
better; before new shoots appear for those with late flowers and later in the Spring for early
flowering types. As with most Perennials, regular division every few years in Spring will maintain
vigour and shape. C.Q.P pot grasses into 2lt, 2.5lt and 3lt depending on variety. The smaller, slow
growing varieties will be in 2lt to 2.5lt and the more robust and vigorous will be potted into 3lt
(D) Acorus gramineus Licorice
Green leaves in broad fans are evergreen and scented and flavoured of liquorice/anise when crushed.
Good as a marginal or bog plant and also suitable for small water features as well as ponds. Tolerant of
some shade. Flowering June-July. Height x spread, 30cm x 30cm
(D) Acorus gramineus Oborozuki (Ogon)
Marvellous yellow fan of narrow grasslike foliage, a good strong colour and very striking, especially in
winter. Will grow in ordinary or damp soil, or even in water. Ht. x spread, 30 x 40cm
(D) Acorus gramineus Variegatus
Similar to `Ogon` but with creamy-white leaf stripe. Ht. x spread, 30 x 30cm
(D) Acorus Nakiro Nishik
Very small fine bright yellow foliage, only growing to 10-15cm Clump forming.
(D) Alopecurus alpinus Glaucus
‘Blue Foxtail’ Grey-blue to purplish leaves with a hint of silver. Silky greyish green dumpy solid flower
spikes, sometimes purplish from June to August, on stems 10 - 60cm
(D) Alopercurus pratensis Aureovariegatus (Variegatus)
`Golden Foxtail Grass` Vivid gold and green stripes. One of the best for a bridge edge or carpet. Ht.
x spread, 20 x 30cm
(C) Ampelodesmos mauritanica
‘Mauritania Vine Reed’ Very robust, it forms large tufts of very tough rigid, rush-like leaves and
bears impressive 60cm flower panicles, greenish-yellow suffused with purple. Excellent for cutting.
Requires a sunny position. Ht.1.8m – 3m
(I) Arundo donax
‘Giant Reed’ Evergreen clumps spreading from woody underground runners. Bamboo-like leafy hollow
stems up to 6m. Greyish-green leaves 60 x 8cm. Feathery flower plumes, whitish with a hint of purple
when young, up to 60cm long, on second year canes, autumn.
(I) Arundo donax Aureovariegata
Amazing broad creamy-yellow striped foliage. Ht. 1.5m. Semi-evergreen.
(I) Arundo donax Versicolor
Leaves striped green, grey-green, and creamy-yellow that ages whiter; especially at the edges. Ht.
1.5m Semi-evergreen.
(I) Arundo formosana
‘Taiwan Grass’ Upright clumps of grey bamboo-like stems with airy pink inflorescences in late summer.
Plant in a sheltered, sunny spot. Semi-evergreen. Ht.2m
(I) Arundo formosana Golden Showers
Reaches 1.8m with leaves variegated yellow.


(C) Bouteloua curtipendula
Light bluish-green leaves 300 x 4mm. Flower spike 38cm tall, hanging horizontal green, purplish,
reddish or brownish spikelets to 1cm long, with temporary tiny translucent red anthers at their tips in
two gappy rows up one side of the 1m stems. Flowers July to November. Likes sun and well-drained
fertile soil.
(C) Bouteloua gracilis
‘Mosquito Grass’ Upright light green leaves in thick clumps. Flower spikes 5cm long like V-section
horizontal to upward combs full of many ranks of short close teeth, purple-red expanding to brown,
on stems 20-40cm from July to August. Good for drying. Plant in sun and well-drained soil.
(C) Briza Limouzi
Selected form of popular quaking grass with blue green foliage and many delicate, quaking flowerheads
that bob in the wind. Sun to light shade. Ht.60cm
(D) Calamagrostis brachytricha
Broad upright green leaves make narrow clumps, glowing orange and yellow by autumn. Pink flushed
feathery flowers in August - September, turn purple-green when fully expanded. A very beautiful
grass, elegant and showy. Ht.110cm
(D) Calamagrostis emodensis
Clump forming. Bluish-green leaves. Feathery arching to nodding flower plumes on tall stems up to
130cm from July to August.
(D) Calamagrostis x acutiflora Karl Foerster
A wonderfully statuesque vertical accent with showy, long lasting flowers, green turning rosy-buff,
from June. Flowers are borne high above the leaves on long thin stems, yellow in autumn and lasting
warm buff through winter. Ht. 150cm.
(D) Calamagrostis x acutiflora Overdam
Wonderfully effective clumps of beautifully striped leaves; green with white, flushed pink-purple.
Buff flowers, July - August. Ht. 120cm
(D) Carex Berggrenii
Slowly spreading with dull red, red-brown leaves with blunt tips, in dense tufts. Yellowish flower
spikes among leaves, in summer. Ht. 3 - 6cm
(D) Carex buchananii       AGM
Tufted and erect in growth, especially when young. The narrow foliage is copper-bronze coloured, up
to 60cm tall and is best grown in full sun. Stunning if contrasted with silver foliage plants etc.
(E) Carex comans Milk Chocolate
Pale pinkish-brown arching leaves up to 80cm long.
(D) Carex Dancing Flame
Small, thin, brown-red foliage with a faint pink stripe. Grows to 60cm All well-drained soils.
(D) Carex elata Aurea         AGM
‘Bowles Golden Sedge’ Bright deep yellow leaves with narrow light green edge, the whole leaf rather
greener in shade. Forms dense tussocks. Purplish-brown flowers spikes in June. Sun to part shade.
(E) Carex flagellifera Auburn Cascade
Forms a tufted mound of brown, narrow foliage. Lasts well into winter. Ht. 60cm
(D) Carex Frosted Curls
Silvery green arching foliage curling at the tips. Ht. 45cm

(D) Carex hachijoensis Evergold


Domed tuft of narrow leaves with a creamy-yellow central stripe make this one of the most attractive
evergreen sedges, happier in a cooler, not too dry position, as indeed are many of this family, and
colouring best in little shade. Charming pot plant, also for a cool window sill. Ht. x spread, 20 x 40cm
(D) Carex muskingumensis Silberstreif
‘Silver Stripe’ Silver stripe along centre of leaf, sometime greenish by late summer. Ht.45cm
Deciduous to semi-evergreen forming a rounded clump. Flowers June-August. Plant in sun to part-
(D) Carex panicea
Short clumps of blue-grey twisted leaves and small flowers produce wonderful green and purple seeds.
Prefers sun. Up to 20cm
(F) Carex phyllocephala Sparkler
Stunningly variegated selection from Japan. The leaves are dark green in centre and broad with white
to cream-white margins, creating an overall white effect. Makes an excellent summer container
specimen. Grows well in part shade, or full sun with plenty of moisture.
(E) Carex siderosticha Shima Nishiki
‘Island Brocade’ Clump forming and has a creeping rootstock. Leaves have wide yellow borders with
cream central stripes. Flowers in spring before new foliage has expanded. Deciduous.
(D) Carex siderosticha Variegata
Broad green and white streaked leaves. Provided moisture and partial shade, it is beautiful from the
time the new spring foliage emerges until autumn. The new leaves are sometimes attractively pink-
tinted during cool springs. Fully deciduous in winter. Ht. 20cm
(D) Carex testacea
Forms a dense evergreen clump, 30-60cm high of pale olive green leaves which turn orange to reddish
in autumn. Plant in soil which is not too dry.
(D) Chasmanthium latifolium
Makes superb slow-growing clumps of pale-green bamboo-like leaves. Flowers in July - August, arching
panicles of quite flat, beautifully shaped green/purple spikelets. Flowers are buff by autumn and the
leaves a beautiful pale orange and green. Good in part shade. Ht. 90cm.
(E) Chionochloa flavicans
From the mountains of New Zealand. Forms mounds of all green foliage with dainty arching
flowerheads. Very attractive. Plant in a sunny spot. Semi-evergreen. Ht. 1.2m
(E) Chionochloa rubra
Very distinctive clumps of strong copper brown foliage making a striking feature. Occasional dainty
flowerheads. Sunny spot. Ht. 90cm. Evergreen.
(F) Chondropetalum tectorum
Forms an erect tussock of 1.2m tall. Stems are a rich dark green, giving the appearance of a huge
common rush. Dark brown flowers on tips of stems.
(J) Cortaderia Gold Band
Leaves are striped yellow, which deepens with age. Cream-white flower plumes on 1.5m stems. Clump
(F) Cortaderia Pumila         AGM
Compact habit. Dense, silky cream-white flower plumes on 2m+ stems
(F) Cortaderia rendatieri (pink flowering)
Plumes mostly silver-white with a pink blush, to 2.4m tall.


(F) Cortaderia richardii          AGM
A magnificent and majestic ornamental grass. Forms a large clump of glaucous green foliage. In summer
bears fine, long, arching plumes of near white in colour, often with a slight brassy tint and which lasts well
into winter. Ht. 1.8m – 2.7m
(J) Cortaderia Silver Stripe
Foliage is edged white with a green centre. Silky-white flower plumes on stems 1.5m Slow-growing
and compact.
(J) Cortaderia Splendid Star
Truly dwarf variegated Pampas Grass with long grassy leaves with a gold margin. Elegant white flowers in late
summer. Ht. X spread, 1.2m x 1m
(F) Cortaderia Sunningdale Silver             AGM
Vigorous habit. Leaves up to 1.5m Feathery silvery-white open plumes on erect, strong stems, up to
(B) Dactylis glomerata Variegata
Leaves conspicuously striped white, giving an overall light green or white appearance. It looks at its
best in spring and autumn and in milder climates the foliage is semi-evergreen. Best cut back in
summer to allow new, clean growth in autumn. Ht.60cm Prefers sun to light shade.
(E) Deschampsia cespitosa Bronzeschleier
‘Bronze Veil' Large silvery green flower plumes on stems 120cm, ageing bright bronze yellow. Flowers
(E) Deschampsia cespitosa Golden Dew (Goldtau)
Compact form with silvery flowers turning golden. Ht.60cm Suitable for any shady or part shady
(E) Deschampsia cespitosa Golden Showers (Goldgehange)
Mid-green leaves and in this selected form, golden yellow spikelets carried well into winter on 90cm
stems. Some shade is tolerated. Most soils including damp. Ht. x spread, 90 x 60cm
(E) Deschampsia cespitosa Gold Veil (Goldschleier)
Dark green leaves. Silvery green flowers age golden yellow with a silvery sheen on stems up to 120cm.
 (E) Deschampsia flexuosa Tatra Gold
A newer variety of the `Wavy Hair Grass`, forming neat tufts of an unrivalled clean yellow in spring
and in early summer, brightest yellow-green. Not for shallow chalk soils. Ht. x spread, 15 x 20cm
(E) Elegia capensis
Evergreen. Thick erect reed-like stems up to 2.5m with a large whorl of slender leaves at each joint.
Like a shaggy horsetail. Yellow-brown flower heads in spring, followed by dark brown seeds. Likes
moist sandy soil. Sun to part shade.
(E) Elymus hispidus
‘Hairy Couch’ ‘Blue Wild Rye’ Erect silvery blue-green, semi-evergreen leaves and erect velvety green
flower spikes with soft bristles in summer, on stems up to 100cm. Plant in sun to light shade, in well-
drained soil.

(E) Elymus magellanicus
This tufted clump-former has the most intense blue foliage of all the grasses. Foliage is semi-evergreen.
Well-drained soil is a necessity, especially in areas with wet winters. Light shade helps to maintain colour.
Makes a superb container plant.


(E) Elymus magellanicus Blue Sword
Clump forming with blue, evergreen foliage. Flower spikes up to 1m
(E) Eragrostis airoides
‘Flying Grass’ Clump forming. Elegant arching flower plumes on long thread-like stalks, green, brown in
seed sometimes purplish. August to October. Ht.45cm
(F) Equisetum hyemale
Produces clusters of variegated shoots which are tipped with black cones, up to 2m long. Forms a plant
of strong sculptural character. Makes a useful focal point in a damp garden or pond-side.
(F) Equisetum hyemale Affine
Green stems with darker nodes giving a banded effect. The stems are strictly vertical, which gives it a
strong architectural effect. Maximum height, 2m Best in a cool damp position. Good in containers.
(D) Festuca glauca Blue Fox
A super bright blue for edging or carpeting. Ht. x spread, 22 x 30cm
(D) Festuca ovina Elijah Blue
Probably the best of the `blue` Festucas. Ht. x spread, 22 x 30cm
(D) Festuca ovina Sea Urchin (Seeigel)
Dense cushion of very fine spiky olive-green leaves. Ht.15cm
(D) Hakonechloa macra
Clump forming with erect to arching bluish green, auburn leaves in autumn. Yellowish-green diffuse
flower plumes up to 15cm long on tall stems, 45cm in August to September.
(F) Hakonechloa macra Aureola AGM
A grass of class, slowly spreading to form thick mats of broad lax leaves of the brightest yellow with
fine green stripes. Perhaps best in light shade and good soil. Good with blue perennials. Ht x spread,
20 x 30cm
(E) Helictotrichon pratense
‘Meadow Oat Grass’ Forms a dense spreading clump with bluish-green leaves with blue backs. Small
flowers. A beautiful evergreen.
(E) Helictotrichon sempervirens        AGM
‘Blue Oat Grass’ Forms an evergreen clump with slender blue-grey leaves. Yellowish or brownish flower
plumes on long erectish stems, 50-100cm, in June to July. Likes a sunny well-drained spot.
(E) Helictotrichon sempervirens Pendulum
Forms evergreen clumps with slender blue-grey leaves. Arching flower stems with drooping branches.
Requires a sunny well-drained spot. June-July.
(B) Holcus mollis Albovariegatus
Lovely tufted, gently creeping grass, almost white in overall effect. Wonderful soft foliage. A good
carpeter. Can be trimmed regularly. Ht. x spread, 15 x 40cm

(G) Imperta cylindrica Red Baron
Astonishing blood-red leaves are the outstanding feature of this grass. It forms a gently spreading
clump and goes well with low-growing yellow leafed plants. Protection from extreme cold is advisable.
All good soils. Ht. x spread, 40 x 30cm


(F) Isolepis cernua
Forms a dense clump of slender bright green leaves. Flower spikelets whitish to greenish, red-brown
in seed. Prefers a damp soil.
(C) Juncus effusus Spiralis
‘Corkscrew Rush’ Stems and leaves up to 45cm long, shaped like widely spiralling corkscrews.
Evergreen and clump forming. Greenish flowers ageing brown from June to August. Likes damp places.
(C) Juncus effusus Unicorn
Leaves and stems twist and curl. Ht. 75cm Clump-forming. Flowers June to August. Likes damp places.
(C) Juncus filiformis Spiralis
Evergreen with 20cm curling stems. Small tight heads of greenish to pale brown flowers fading to
straw. June-September.
(C) Juncus inflexus Afro
‘Blue Madonna’ Widely spiralling corkscrew stems up to 30-60cm long, blue-green in colour. Small
brownish flowers in June to August. Poisonous to livestock.
(C) Juncus pallida
This giant rush has thick greyish leaves up to 1.5m with tiny white flowers in summer. Clumping and
highly architectural.
(D) Juncus patens Carmen’s Grey
Forms dense evergreen tufts up to 70cm. Grey-green foliage and small light brown flower clusters in
late summer. Prefers damp soil, in sun to part shade.
(E) Leymus arenarius
A native sea-shore plant. Highly ornamental with broad grey-blue leaves on stiff stems. Wheat like
flower heads dry well. Needs room to spread on lighter soils. Ht. x spread, 90 x 90cm
(E) Luzula sylvatica Hohe Tatra
A wonderful variety with splendid bright yellow leaves in winter. Yellow-green in summer. Tolerant of
sun or dry shade once established. Ht. x spread, 45 x 45cm
(E) Luzula sylvatica Marginata
Useful and handsome woodrush, good in difficult situations. Dense clumps of broad, glossy green
leaves with a narrow cream margin. Chestnut brown spikelets. Tolerant of sun or dry shade once
established. Ht. x spread, 45 x 60cm
(E) Luzula sylvatica Variegata
Green leaves finely lined creamy yellow. Erect habit. Evergreen. Tiny brown flowers on 80cm stems
from May to July.
(C) Melica altissima Atropurpurea
Highly decorative grass consisting of short soft-leafed clumps producing long stems of beautiful
tassel-like deep purple flower spikes from July onwards - 1m.
(D) Milium effusum Aureum
‘Bowles Golden Grass’ is ideal for lighting up shaded areas. Everything about this plant is bright. Yellow
leaves and stems and lovely light airy flower heads. Ht. x spread, 40 x 40cm
(D) Milium effusum Yaffle
Named after a Woodpecker. Golden leaves with a central green stipe. Best grown in light shade.
Ht.45cm Yellowish airy flower plumes in May to July. Clump forming.
(H) Miscanthus Adagio


Slender silvery grey-green leaves to 60cm. Many narrow erect pale brownish-pink flower clusters,
ageing white, up stems to 1m                                                                      (H)
Miscanthus Emerald Giant
‘Cosmo Revert’ Broad leaves, very narrow whitish midribs.
(H) Miscanthus Giganteus
Upright in habit with a maximum height of 3m. Foliage is deep green with a white mid-vein. The leaves
are pendant, producing an overall effect of a large fountain. Clump-forming. Flowers in very late
(H) Miscanthus gracillimus (Maiden Grass)
Narrow leaves up to 1.5m long, dark matt green with broad white stripe along midrib on inner surfaces.
Forms a clump up to 2m+. Copper-red flower spikes in November. Needs a hot summer to flower.
(H) Miscanthus Purpurascens
Grown for its wonderful red-orange autumn foliage colour. Upright habit. Early flowering, July or
August. Ht.1.5m Prefers sun to light shade. Suffers in extreme heat.
(H) Miscanthus sinensis
Medium green leaves 2cm wide with a prominent white midrib. Flowers open reddish coloured and fade
to silver-white from August to October. Prefers sun to light shade.
(H) Miscanthus Blutenwonder
Bluish green leaves . Abundant flower plumes. 120-200cm
(H) Miscanthus Cabaret
Dark green leaves up to 25mm wide, with broad cream-white central stripe, often flushed pink. Copper
pink flowers ageing cream, up pinkish stems to 2.2m.
(H) Miscanthus China
Metallic reddish flowers from September to October. Ht.150cm +
(H) Miscanthus Cosmopolitan         AGM
Leaves up to 4cm wide with mostly green centres and wide cream-white variegated margins. Flowers open
copper-red in November on tall 2.2m stems. Foliage height, 2m. Prefers sun to light shade
(H) Miscanthus Ferner Osten
‘Far East’ Foliage height, 1m. Flowers have a very pronounced red colour when first opening in mid to
late summer, Ht. 1.6m
(H) Miscanthus Flamingo         AGM
Foliage height, 1m. Many large open heads of arching pale purplish pink flower spikes on 1.6m reddish
stems, from mid August.
(H) Miscanthus Gold Bar
Unlike Miscanthus ‘Strictus’ this is variegated from the beginning of the season with sparkling
horizontal creamy-yellow bands. It is short and quick to form a clump. Ht. 60cm

(H) Miscanthus Graziella
Narrow leaves, reddish brown in autumn. Compact habit only reaching 80cm. Flowers rose purple ageing
silvery white, in large nodding plumes on stems up to 1.5m from early September. Autumn leaves
sometimes bronzy reddish brown and orange.
(H) Miscanthus Grosse Fontane            AGM


(Large Fountain) Vigorous. Long arching leaves, forming fountain like clumps reaching 1.7m
Flower heads reddish ageing brownish, on stems to 2.5m from early September.
(H) Miscanthus Hinjo (Little Nicki)
A compact ‘zebra’ grass. Horizontal bands of yellow are very vivid and are closer together than those
of ‘Strictus’ and ‘Zebrinus’. Compact, upright habit, and never flops when in flower. Ht.1m
(H) Miscanthus Kaskade            AGM
Narrow foliage with white midribs which turns a rich red copper in autumn. Attractive, cascading,
rose-coloured, silky flowers, held well above the foliage, turning silvery buff when mature. Foliage
height, 1.25m Flower height, 1.9m Flowers from mid August.
(H) Miscanthus Kleine Fontane            AGM
‘Small Fountain’ Narrow deep green leaves with silver midribs, height 90cm Spreading to pendulous
flower plumes, red-purple-brown, ageing to silvery pink, more erect in seed, on stems up to 1.6m .
Flowering from early August.
(H) Miscanthus Kleine Silberspinne            AGM
‘Small Silver Spider’ Small version of ‘Siberspinne’. Red-brown flower plumes ageing silvery pink, on
1.2m stems from late August. Dwarf habit, only reaching 70cm
(H) Miscanthus Krater
Autumn leaves are suffused wonderful plum-red. Ht.120cm
(H) Miscanthus Little Kitten
Narrow-leaved and extremely compact, only reaching 50cm. Flowers from mid August with very erect,
buff plumes on 80cm stems. Plant in sun to light shade.
(H) Miscanthus Malepartus
Blooms in late August. Foliage wider than form. Flowers open silver, becoming very fluffy-white when
dry. Wonderful gold autumn colour often infused with red and orange. Foliage height, 1.1m
Flower height, 2m
(H) Miscanthus Morning Light (Gracillimus Variegatus)               AGM
Dense erect clump with slender leaves with narrow white borders, silvery from a distance; tips
arching. Reddish bronze flowers ageing silvery, on stems up to 1.5m from September to October.
(H) Miscanthus Nippon
Flower plumes slender, erect and red-brown, ageing browner. Ht. 80cm Flowers late August. Leaves
narrow, coppery coloured in autumn.
(H) Miscanthus Punktchen
‘Little Dot’ Has banded variegation with stiff, erect foliage. Ht. 1.5m Very spiky texture. Flowers
early October on 2.2m stems. Very free flowering with red plumes.
(H) Miscanthus Roland
Tall-growing, foliage reaching 1.4m. Pink-tinted flowers in mid August. Good bold leaves. Crinkly, very
pale flowerheads on 2.4m stems.

(H) Miscanthus Rotsilber
‘Silver-Red’ Compact. Foliage reaches 1.2m. Leaf midribs are silver, leaves sometimes flushed orange-
reddish in autumn. Many large airy deep chestnut polished flower plumes, ageing silvery. Stems to 2m+
from early September.
(H) Miscanthus Silberfeder            AGM


Leaves narrower than most, reddish in autumn. Abundant spider’s-leg flower spikes arching all ways,
red-brown ageing silvery, on 1-1.5m stems. September-October.
(H) Miscanthus Silberturm
‘Silver Tower’ Large slender silvery-white plumes on stems to 3m+
(H) Miscanthus Septemberrot            AGM
Broad leaves with narrow white midribs. Large open plumes of reddish-brown flowers on erect stems
up to 3m
(H) Miscanthus Sioux
Tight and tidy red flowered form with flowers at variable heights. Good in winter. Ht.120cm
(H) Miscanthus Strictus        AGM
Leaves banded yellow in summer and autumn, sometimes temporarily all green when growing vigorously. Leaves
more shorter and upright than ‘Zebrinus’ Pinky brown flower plumes up stems to 2m
(H) Miscanthus transmorrisonensis
Clump forming with dark grey green leaves. Pinkish flowers ageing to golden yellow on tall stems from
August to September.
(H) Miscanthus Undine         AGM
Slender bright green leaves, yellow in autumn. Flowers open a russet-pink, ageing to a silvery-white.
Stems up to 1.5-2.5m September to October.
(H) Miscanthus Variegatus
Leaves are edged and narrowly striped with cream to cream-yellow. White midribs. Arching habit
reaching 120cm. Flowers on stems up to 120cm in late summer.
(H) Miscanthus Zebrinus          AGM
Bright green leaves are cross-banded bright yellow. Good in a border and especially against the light.
Good orange tints in autumn, deep brown in winter. Flowers in October and November. Ht.200cm
(H) Miscanthus Yaku Jima
Narrow green leaves to 1m, tinged reddish-brown in autumn. Reddish flower plumes on tall stems,
120cm, in late summer.
(H) Miscanthus Yakushima Dwarf
At 60cm this is a charming petite grass with narrow leaves quickly forming a graceful specimen.
Flowers appear from August to September and last well into winter
(D) Molinia caerulea Carmarthen
Pale green leaves striped cream-yellow. Buff flowers in nearly unbranched plumes on stems 60cm tall.
(D) Molinia caerulea Edith Dudszus
Strong growing, clump forming, deciduous. Erect flower heads are coloured jet black. Sun to part
shade, any soil.
(D) Molinia caerulea Heidebraut
Erect light green leaves. Slender pale purplish flower plumes, becoming polished yellow seed heads, on
erect yellowish stems to 120cm
(D) Molinia caerulea Karl Foerster
Forms small clumps up to 90cm. Leaves arch at tips. Airy green and dark red-purple flower plumes on
very bright erect stems, up to 220cm.
(D) Molinia caerulea Moorhexe
‘Bog Witch’ Rigid, erect dark green leaves up to 45cm long. Slender erect dark purpurlish green
flower plumes on 50cm stems. Foliage orange-brown in winter.


(D) Molinia caerulea Skyracer
Foliage is grey-green and turns rich golden-yellow in autumn. Upright and unusually tall, 2.4m Needs
a few seasons to reach maturity.
(D) Molinia caerulea Transparent
Broad strap-like foliage and wonderful tall arching purplish plumes of airy well spaced flowers turning
warm orangey brown in autumn. Requires a sunny open spot. Ht.2m
(D) Molinia caerulea Variegata AGM
A most attractive grass forming a neat tuft of conspicuously cream-striped leaves, sometimes pinkish
when young and drying to buff in autumn and winter.
(D) Molinia caerulea Windspeil
Dense deep brownish yellow flower heads on slender stems up to 180cm. Polished yellow leaves in
(C) Muhlenbergia mexicana
Clump forming. Greyish green leaves 150 x 6mm. Slender erect to nodding green to purplish flower
plumes on stems 40 - 100cm. Flowers July to September.
(D) Nasella trichotoma
Mid-green needle-fine leaves form fountain-shaped clumps, covered from June with large panicles of
minute, long-awned brown flowers. The whole clump is transformed into a shimmering hemisphere.
Retentive soil and sun. Dries well. Ht. 45cm.
(H) Ophiopogon planiscapus Nigrescens AGM
One of the few black leaved plants, this has the appearance of a grass. Creeps slowly. Short spikes of
pink flowers from August to September followed by black berries. Ht. 15cm. Needs good soil in part
(G) Panicum clandestinum
‘Deer Tongue Grass’ Pale grey to deep green leaves which are yellow and brown in autumn. Airy silvery
flower heads age to brown from July to August. Ht. 1.5m Looks somewhat like Bamboo!
(G) Panicum virgatum Cloud Nine
Metallic blue leaves up to 2m. Reddish-brown flower plumes from August to September. Prefers damp
fertile soils, avoid heavy clay.
(G) Panicum virgatum Dallas Blue
New variety with blue stems, wide leaves and showy flower panicles. Needs an open, sunny spot.     Ht.
1.5m –1.8m Probably the best blue selection of ‘switch grass’
(G) Panicum virgatum Hanse Herms
Flowers in September with slender panicles of small purple flowers on green stems, leaves then
become a magnificent deep purple. Sun. Ht. 90cm.
(G) Panicum virgatum Heavy Metal
Erect pale metallic-blue foliage, yellow in autumn. Forms large clumps running from underground
shoots. Airy flower plumes of purplish spikelets ageing to brown from August to September.
(G) Panicum virgatum Kupferhirse
Growing to 120cm with green foliage turning a wonderful copper in the autumn. Prefers a damp soil.
Seed heads can be left for bird food in the winter.
(G) Panicum virgatum North Wind
A new cultivar grown for its extremely upright habit and good blue-grey wide foliage which turns
yellowy orange in autumn. Plant in a sunny open spot. Ht. 1.2m
(G) Panicum virgatum Rotstrahlbusch


‘Red switch grass’ Fawn flower plumes. Leaves red-burgundy in autumn. Ht. 1.2m
(G) Panicum virgatum Rubrum
Upper parts of leaves are reddish in summer and whole leaf red in autumn. Plumes of chestnut brown
flowers on 1m high stems in late summer.
(G) Panicum virgatum Shenandoah
Unmatched for burgundy autumn colour. Leaves green in early summer, taking on red tones by July and
turning wholly wine-coloured by September. Approximately 1.2m tall in flower.
(G) Panicum virgatum strictum Compactum
Purple tipped leaves, deep yellow and red in autumn. Forms a dense, erect clump. Reddish flower
plumes. More compact than type.
(G) Panicum virgatum Squaw
Leaves rich red in autumn, especially after a hot summer. Large purplish flower plumes on stems up to
(G) Panicum virgatum Warrior
Leaves green, 1.5m tall in flower. Some red tones in autumn.
(D) Pennisetum alopecuroidess
‘Fountain Grass’ Forms a dense clump with very slender grey to dark green leaves, (600 x 12mm)
outwardly arching. Tips tinged purple-red by late summer, yellow and orange in autumn, light brown in
winter. Feathery green flower plumes to 20 x 5cm with coloured sideways bristles to 3cm, from
August to September. Needs sun and good drainage, in not too dry soil.
(D) Pennisetum alopecuroides Cassians Choice
Fountain grass with bright green foliage turning rich orange yellow in autumn. Dusky light brown
flowers are produced in mid-summer. Plant in a sunny well drained spot. Ht. 1m
(D) Pennisetum alopecuroides Hameln (Hamelin)
Greenish white flower heads with stuck-out orange stamens, earlier than most. Stems up to 60cm.
Dark green leaves, deep yellow in autumn.
(D) Pennisetum alopecuroides Herbstzauber
Large, hairy, pinkish bottlebrush flower spikes from late Summer to Autumn. Ht.65cm
(D) Pennisetum alopecuroides Little Bunny
Dense, clump forming grass 30 x 30cm with fluffy white flowers from August to September. Needs
sun and good drainage in soil that is not too dry.
(D) Pennisetum alopecuroides Little Honey
Leaves longitudinally striped white. Dwarf in habit, only reaching 30cm even when in bloom. White
fluffy flowers from August to September. Needs good drainage in soil that is not too dry.
(D) Pennisetum alopecuroides Moudry
Distinct compact form with glossy neat basal mounds of foliage topped by fluffy deep purple to black
flowers, fluffier and lighter by autumn. Plant in a sunny well drained spot. Ht. 30cm
(D) Pennisetum alopecuroides viridescens
Has the largest, most handsome, bottlebrush-like flower heads, dark green, shadowed with black,
softened with long, fine hairs. Ht. 60-90cm Requires an open site in retentive soil.
(D) Pennisetum incomptum
Forms a spreading clump with arching green leaves, pale yellow in autumn. Slender flower plumes, purplish
when young, age to brown, on erect stems from July to August. Ht.40cm
(D) Pennisetum villosum      AGM


Beautiful plant with clumps of light green foliage and masses of large furry caterpillar-like flowers
colouring buff white. Dramatic in full flower when planted in a pot or planted en masse. Hardy in sunny
well-drained spot. Ht.60cm
(C) Phalaris arundinacea Feesey
Leaves green with prominent longitudinal stripes. Compared to the old standard, ‘Picta’, the variegation
is much stronger and clearer white, especially during cool periods of spring and autumn, when the
foliage and stems are frequently and conspicuously pink-tinted.
(C) Phalaris arundinacea Luteopicta
Leaves attractive cream-yellow-striped, especially in spring, darkening mostly to green in summer.
(C) Phalaris arundinacea Picta (Variegata) AGM
‘Gardeners Garters’, ‘Ribbon Grass’ Leaves cream, longitudinally striped light to mid green. Light green
flower plumes flushed pink, stamens pale lilac.
(C) Phalaris arundinacea Tricolor
Rather greyish green leaves, edged with white. The edges are tinged purplish pink, especially in spring
and early summer.
(C) Phragmites australis Variegatus
Leaves striped bright yellow that ages whiter. Purplish flower heads on stems up to 150cm.
(C) Phragmites pseudodonax (syn. altissimus)
Bamboo-like grass with tall stems bearing horizontal green leaves. Soft feathery flower heads, dark
brownish age to grey, from August to September. With reach 6m!
(I) Pleioblastus auricomus (viridistriatus) AGM
A very hardy form with erect, purplish-green canes reaching 1-2m and forming small clumps. Foliage is
striped rich yellow, often more yellow than green. The best of the variegated bamboos, quite small
when grown in shade and makes an excellent tub plant. Old canes may be cut down in autumn to
encourage new canes brightly coloured young foliage.
(I) Pleioblastus variegatus (Bamboo)
One of the best white variegated plants. Semi-dwarf with dense mound forming habit for sun or part
shade. Prune hard back to rejuvenate and better the colour. Ht.75cm
(E) Restio tetraphyllus
Forms bright green tussocks. Drooping tassels of brown to reddish-brown flower plumes in late summer.
Plant in sun or part shade, in moisture retentive soil.
(E) Rhodocoma capensis
Arching stems up to 2m. Requires dryish soil in winter, less so in summer. Sun to dappled shade.
(E) Rhodocoma gigantea
Young leaves are finely branched, ageing to arching plumes up to 3m tall. Well-drained soil which
remains damp in summer.

(C) Saccharum ravennae
A splendidly large grass with tall flower spikes. Makes an imposing feature in large scale plantings or
as a screen. Grey-green leaves colour well in autumn, to leave a fine winter skeleton. Needs retentive
soil to look its best. Ht. 200cm
(E) Schizachyrium scoparium
Grey-green leaves ageing blue and then purplish, tan and pale russet after autumn-winter frosts.
Upright habit with wispy, slender flower plumes, glistening blue-green ageing to russet. Ht.120cm.
August-October. Plant in well-drained light soil. Likes full sun, but not in soil which is too dry.


(F) Schoenoplectus taburnaemontani
‘Glaucous Bullrush’ Circular stems up to 1.7m with a grey-green bloom. Dense clusters of small
reddish-brown egg-shaped stalkless flowers in June to August. Ideal for pond side planting.
(C) Sorghastrum nutans Indian Steel
Upright bluish green leaves which in mid summer to autumn produce tall 32cm long, narrow golden
brown panicles.
(E) Spartina Aureomarginata
Narrow leaves with a yellow margin and midrib. Erect flower plumes on tall stems from August to
September. Ht.2m Prefers a damp soil.
(E) Stipa arundinacea NEW NAME Anemanthele lessoniana
Arching evergreen leaves become progressively more orange-brown as summer advances, and entirely
orange-brown through autumn and winter. Drooping heads hold clouds of tiny flowers. Avoid extremely
dry soils. Ht. x spread, 45 x 90cm.
(E) Stipa barbata
‘Silver Feather Grass’ Leaves 30 - 60cm long, edges inrolled. Narrow silvery flower plumes with few
spikelets and hairy bristles up to 18cm long, on stems 30 - 90cm in height. Flowers July to August.
(E) Stipa calamagrostis
One of the most beautiful of all, free flowering and keeping its good looks through winter. Makes a
perfect accent and will fit almost anywhere in a border. Forms shapely clumps of arching green leaves
with a multitude of panicles of feathery white and green flowers June-October. Will flower twice if
cut down. Best in sun, will tolerate dry conditions. Leaves turn orange-yellow in autumn. Ht. 120cm.
(F) Stipa gigantea AGM
A magnificent grass, best planted in some isolation to be fully appreciated for its splendid 180-240cm
open heads of flowers, purplish, becoming golden, each with long awns, trembling in the least breeze.
Ht. x spread, 75 x 90cm.
(E) Stipa tenuifolia
Forms a dense clump topped in mid summer by fluffy plumes turning from beige to white. Flowering
June - September. Ht. 60cm.
(E) Stipa tenuissima
Erect clump with wiry green leaves up to 30cm+ Drooping slender flower clouds up to 30cm long from
July to August. Plant in sun
(E) Uncinia rubra
Unique rich, shiny foxy red-brown, good with yellows and reds. Sun, some shelter and not too dry soil.
May not survive in colder areas without protection. Highly recommended for its special colouring. Ht.
x spread, 15 x 30cm.


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