Ornamental Grasses of the Botanic Gardens

 Genus, SpeciesCommon NameOrigin & Information
1Zea mays japonicaJapanese StripedJapan – Ornamental corn from Japan
  Maizegrown for its unique foliage that is striped
   with green, white, yellow and pink.
   Tassels are dark purple and the ear kernals
   are burgundy. A wonderful plant for
   borders, sure to attract lots of attention all
   summer long.
2Pennisetum X hybrida ‘PurplePurple MajestyAsia – Annual purple-leaved warm season
 Majesty’Fountain Grassgrass, 3-5’H with 8-12″ flower spikes.
   Immature spikes used in floral
   arrangements, mature seedheads will
   attract birds. 2003 All-American-
   Selection (AAS) Gold Medal Flower
   Award Winner.
3Helictotrichon sempervirensBlue Oat GrassWestern Mediterranean – Perennial
   grass with bright blue-gray, narrow
   leaves. Forms a fountain-like clump 2-
   3’H X 2-3’W, full sun, average water and
   rich, well-drained soil. Semievergreen.
4Festuca glauca (cinerea)Blue FescueEurope – Perennial grass used as
   ornamental, 12″H X 10″W, a dense tuft of
   very fine blue-gray leaves. Many
   cultivars, used for edging or ground cover.
   Full sun, moderate water.
5Buchloe dactyloides ‘Legacy’Legacy Buffalo GrassInterior Western US below 6500 ft.
   Native, sod-forming warm season grass
   used for a low-maintenance turf. Low
   growing vegetatively produced female
   clone developed by the University of
   Nebraska, uses 20% as much water as
   other turfgrasses. Spreads rapidly by
   surface runners (stolons), gray green
   during the growing season, straw colored
   when dormant. Full sun, maximum height
   of 4″ makes mowing unnecessary.
6Andropogon gerardiiBig BluestemUS midwest – Perennial prairie grass
 ‘Pawnee’ forms a clump 3-5’H X 3’W, thin blades
   are blue-green in summer turning bronzy
   red or coppery in fall. Full sun, moderate
   water, good screen or accent plant.
7Panicum virgatum ‘PrairieSwitch GrassEastern US – Upright native grass 3-5’H,
 Sky’ blue-green foliage, very hardy. Full sun
   or light shade, moderate water, foliage
   turns beige in winter and persists.
8Miscanthus ‘Giganteus’Giant Silver GrassAsia – Perennial upright grass 8-10’H X
 (floridulus) 4’W, arching 3′ leaves are dark green with
   a white midrib, flowers in fall so tends not
   to bloom in Cheyenne. Full sun or partial
   shade, regular water, provides a tropical
9Calamagrostis X acutifloraKarl Foerster FeatherEurasia – Sturdy, erect, clumping grass
 ‘Karl Foerster’Reed Grasswith narrow, bright green leaves 2-3’H.
   Feathery flower plumes in early summer,
   persist into winter. Full sun or partial
   shade, regular water.
10Molinia caerulea arundinaceaSkyracer Moor GrassEurasia – Long lived but slow growing
 ‘Skyracer’ perennial grass with erect 3’H leaves that
   are broad and gray-green, forms a clump
   2-3’W. 7-8′ yellow flower stems in the
   fall, in winter foliage and flowers detach
   at the base.
11Chasmanthium latifoliumNorthern Sea OatsEastern US – Perennial woodland grass
   with broad bamboolike leaves, arching
   flower stems with attractive seed heads.
   Partial shade, regular water, tends to
12Carex flacca (glauca)Blue SedgeEurope – Grasslike clumping plant with
   blue-green evergreen foliage, 12″H X
   18″W. Partial shade, moderate water, can
   be clipped and tolerates light foot traffic.
13Luzula nivea ‘Snowbird’Snowy Wood RushEurope – Slow-spreading, tufted, 1’H with
   hairy-edged leaves; dense clusters of
   cottony white flowers in early summer
   turning tan. Partial shade, rich moist
14Arrhenatherum elatiusVariegated BulbousEurope – Attractive perennial grass with
 bulbosum ‘Variegatum’Oat Grassnarrow leaves edged and striped in white.
   1’H X 1’W, cool season grass. Full sun or
   partial sun, regular water, divide
15Carex muskingumensisPalm SedgeNorth America – Clumping grasslike
   perennial with long evergreen leaves that
   carry weeping leaf blades up to the tip
   resembling a small palm branch, 2-3’H.
   Sun to partial shade, ample water, rich
   organic soils.
16Carex morrowii expallidaVariegated JapaneseJapan – Grasslike clumping plant 1’H X
 ‘Goldband’Sedge1-2’W with drooping yellow-striped
   leaves. Regular water, partial shade.
17Carex plantagineaPlaintain SedgeNorth America – Evergreen clump-
   forming sedge with broad hosta-like soft
   green foliage with handsome veining. A
   lovely groundcover, easy and dependable
   even in dry shade, 8-12″H.
18Calamagrostis X acutifloraAvalanche GrassEurasia – Sturdy, erect, clumping grass
 ‘Avalanche’ with narrow white variegated leaves. 2-
   3’H. Sun or part sun, regular water.
19Pennisetum setaceumRed Fountain GrassTropical Africa. southwestern Asia
 ‘Rubrum’ Perennial grass grown as annual, graceful
   fountainlike mounds with long plumes of
   purplish flowers and reddish brown