SEEDS Ornamental Grasses
Andropogon gerardii (Big bluestem). Sod forming, slow spreader. Blue-green foliage; fine to medium blade width. Flowers: August through Sept. Full sun to part shade; moist fertile soil; drought tolerant once established; thrives in either heavy and sandy soils. Used as a landscape ornamental. 180,000 seeds per lb.
Aristida purpurea (Purple three-awn). Popular landscape ornamental.
Festuca ovina (Sheep fescue). From Europe, introduced to the U.S.
Hilaria belangeri (Curly Mesquite)
Melinis repens (Rubygrass) Used as a landscape ornamental.
Nassella pulchra (Purple needlegrass, purple tussockgrass). State grass of California, one of major species of California grasslands.
Oryzopsis hymenoides (Syn: Achnatherum hymenoides). Indian Ricegrass. Native, perennial bunchgrass with dark-green leaves that cures to blond-straw. Ornamental enough for borders, rock gardens and window boxes. Rice-like seeds are edible. Extremely drought-tolerant.
Panicum virgatum (Switchgrass BLACKWELL)