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Grasses Information

Grasses at Kirkdale NurseryBelow are descriptions for our grasses. For our complete range and current availability, please click here.

 

Acorus gramineus “Variegatus” (Variegated slender Sweet Flag)
An aquatic perennial that is best grown in shallow water or moist compost, this Japanese Rush may also be used to add colour in autumn. Narrow green/yellow foliage with white stripes. Height and spread 25cm x 20 cm. Prefers full sun.

Acorus gramineus “Ogon” (Japanese Rush)
Attractive dwarf rush like plant with striking gold and green variegated foliage. Nearly evergreen; foliage will survive most winters. Height and spread of 30cm x 15cm. Well suited to gravel beds and small water features. Prefers wet soils and full sun.

 

Briza media (Perennial Quaking Grass)
A semi-evergreen grass with purple tinted blue-green leaves that become straw coloured in summer. Delicate locket shaped flowers in late spring and summer, green and purple in colour. Ideally suited to smaller gardens, borders or waterside planting. Prefers full sun or light shade as well as moist, well drained soil. Height and spread of 30-60cm x 30cm

Briza media “Limouzi” (Common Quaking Grass)
An improved selection of quaking grass (Briza media), growing slightly taller and producing larger flowers. The foliage is initially blue-green before turning a rich yellow in summer. Suitable for full sun or light shade. Grows to 60-70cm in height.

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Calamagrostis x acutiflora “Karl Foerster” (Feather Reed Grass)
An elegant and versatile deciduous ornamental grass with mounds of lustrous deep green foliage. Purple tinted flowers which fade to a straw yellow colour towards the end of summer. Best suited to a sunny open spot. Grows up to a height of 1.8m.

Calamagrostis x acutiflora “Overdam” (Variegated Reed Grass)
A beautiful, deciduous variegated reed grass originating from Germany. Dense clumps of bright green foliage with striking creamy white stripes that contrast with the pink flowers produced during June-August. Most suited to a sunny open spot. Grows to a height of 100-120cm.

Carex buchananii (Leatherleaf Sedge, Red Fox Sedge)
Evergreen grass with long, narrow leaves that are a particularly striking bronze colour and curl at the tips; this colour contrasts well with other grasses. Forms tufted, erect mounds. Prefers moist and fertile soils as well as full sunlight. Height and spread 60cm x 20cm.

Carex oshimensis “Evergold” ((Golden) Japanese Sedge)
A small evergreen grass. Dense, dark green foliage with yellow stripes. Prefers full sunlight and moist, fertile soil. Height and spread 20cm x 20cm.

Chasmanthium latifolium (Spangle Grass, Woodoats, Northern Sea Oats)
Pale, lime-green leaves that have similar qualities to bamboo. Green diamond-shaped flowers which turn brown over time and last into winter. A good choice for a mixed or herbaceous border as well as a woodland garden. Suitable for full sun or light shade and requires a fertile, moist and well-drained soil. Height and spread of 100cm x 60cm.

Cortaderia selloana “White Plume”
Elegant clumps of arching, narrow grey-green foliage. Stately, tall stems with silvery-white feathery plumes in late summer to early autumn. Prefers moist, well-drained soils in full sun or partial shade. Height in 10years: 3-4m.

Cortaderia selloana “Evita”

Cortaderia selloana “White Feather” (White Feather Pampas Grass)

Cortaderia selloana “Sunningdale Silver” (Pampas Grass “Sunningdale Silver”)
A large, strikingly beautiful ornamental grass with silvery white plumes in summer on long green stems. Performs well in a spacious site and suitable for most types of soil.

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Deschampsia cespitosa “Goldschleier” (Tufted Hair Grass “Goldschleier”)
Originating from Germany, this grass forms dense tussocks of arching, deep green leaves. Flowers and stems turn a bright straw yellow. Looks good all year round. Grows to a height and spread of 1.2m x 1.2m. Prefers full sun and well-drained soils.

Deschampsia flexuosa “Tatra Gold” ((Golden) Wavy Hair Grass “Tatra Gold”)
A striking grass with almost luminescent bright green/yellow foliage. Elegant and tall flower spikes, bronze/red in colour. Looks good all year round. Grows to a height of 50-60cm. Grows to a height and spread of 15cm x 25cm, reaching maturity after as little as 2 years.

 

Festuca glauca “Blaufuchs” (Blue Fescue “Blue Fox”)
A compact evergreen grass with distinctive, bright blue and needle-like foliage. Forms dense tussocks of slender blades with spiky blue-green flowers. Grows to a height and spread of 30-50cm x 30-50cm.

Festuca glauca “Elijah Blue” (Blue Fescue “Elijah Blue”)
A popular and attractive dwarf fescue that looks great all year round. Silvery-blue clumps of thin leaves with silver flowers. Best suited to a sunny open spot. Grows to a height of 20cm.

Festuca glauca “Intense Blue” (Blue Fescue “Intense Blue”)
A beautiful evergreen perennial grass with thin rounded linear leaves of intense blue-grey and tall flowering spikes in late spring and summer. An excellent choice for borders or as a specimen plant in a patio pot. Suitable for full sun or light shade in most fertile soils. Height and spread of 30cm x 30cm.

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Juncus effuses f. “Spiralis” (Lesser Corkscrew Rush)

 

Koeleria glauca (Blue Hair Grass)

 

Leymus arenarius (Lyme Grass)
A tall upright grass with ribbon-like, blue-grey foliage and stout grey-green flowers from late summer. Spreads vigorously underground, and excellent for binding light sandy soils. Looks best when planted in groups or left to ramble among other perennial plants in a border. Prefers full sun and light, moist soils. Height and spread of 120cm x 75cm.

Luzula nivea (Snowy Woodrush)
An attractive grass with clumps of dark green leaves that spread slowly. Dense clusters of arching white flowers from early summer. Best planted in large groups in shady borders, wild and woodland gardens. Suitable for full sun or partial shade, as well as a well drained soil. Grows to a height of 45-60cm.

Luzula sylvatica “Aurea” (Greater Woodrush)
A striking grass forming a neat clump resembling a flat wagon wheel. The leaf blades are wide and a striking golden yellow throughout the year. Thrives in most garden soils, ideal for associations. Green leaves with silver hairy margins. Clusters of tiny grey-white flowerheads. Tolerates full sun or partial shade, grows to a height of 45cm.

Luzula sylvatica “Taggart’s Cream” (Great Woodrush “Taggart’s Cream”)
A compact, clump forming grass with stunning spring performance. Tough glossy green leaves which initially emerge creamy white. Small brown flowers from mid spring into summer. Best suited to partial shade and prefers a moist, well drained soil. Grows to a maximum height and spread of 45cm x 30cm.

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Milium effusum “Yaffle” (Wood Millet Grass)
A hardy perennial grass with clumps of bright golden yellow arching leaves and green pin stripes. Golden flowers in June and July. Suitable for full sun or partial shade as well as well drained soils. Grows to a height of 50-60cm.

Miscanthus sacchariflorus (Silver Banner Grass)
A tall grass with an upright form and arching grey-green leaves. Silvery grey flowers in summer, turning red in Autumn. Rustles in the wind. Prefers full sun and moist, well drained soil. Grows to a height and spread of 2.5m x 1m.

Miscanthus sinensis (Chinese Silver Grass, Maiden Grass)
Silky panicles of silvery spikelets in autumn crown this graceful, clump-forming ornamental grass. Looks wonderful beside water, in borders or planted singly. Prefers an open site in fertile, moist yet free draining soil. Height and spread 2-4m x 1-1.5m.

Miscanthus sinensis “Augustfeder”
A tall deciduous grass that forms dense clumps of strong stems with broad green leaves. Produces silvery white flower plumes in early August and throughout most of September. Flowers in summer. Suitable for full sun or partial shade as well as most soil types. Growsto around 2m in height.

Miscanthus sinensis “Ferner Osten” (Far East)
A handsome tall and upright grass. Green foliage with a white midrib, which turns copper red in autumn. Fantastic burgundy plumes, turning brown then fading towards the end of the year. Prefers full sun and moist, well drained soil. Deciduous. Grows to a height of 1.2-1.5m.

Miscanthus sinensis “Gold Bar”
A relatively new dwarf form of the zebra grass, originating from Holland. Excellent compact habit, forming neat dense clumps of light green leaves with distinctive creamy gold bars. Pinkish flowers from September into early November. Deciduous. Prefers full sun and a moist, well drained soil. Grows to a height and spread of around 60-75cm x 60-75cm, reaching maturity after 2-5 years.

Miscanthus sinensis “Graziella” (Silver Grass)
Earlier to bloom than most of its type, this plant has slender blue-green leaf blades arranged in a neat habit topped with silvery pink plumes and flowers in summer. Excellent autumn colour, rich copper red and orange. Prefers full sun and well-drained soil. Height and spread 1.8m x 1m.

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Miscanthus sinensis “Morning Light” (Morning Light Maiden Grass, Japanese Silver Grass)
Narrow green arching foliage with a creamy white margin which results in an almost illuminating effect. Silvery red flower plumes from August to October, gradually fading to a light pink. Strongly prefers full sun and a moist but well drained soil. Grows to a height and spread 120cm x 40cm.

Miscanthus sinensis “Puenktchen” (Little Dot Zebra Grass)
Forms upright mounds of fine narrow foliage, bright green and banded and dotted with gold.  Red/silver flower plumes that contrast well with the leaves. Deciduous. Best suited to full sun and a fairly wet but well drained soil. Grows to a height of 1.2-1.6m.

Miscanthus sinensis “Yakushima Dwarf” (Eulalia Yakushima Dwarf)
A tough, low growing grass with an upright habit. Foliage has a reddish colour in Autumn. Silver plumes. Prefers fertile, well drained soils and grows best in full sun. Grows to a height of 50-150cm, expect around 90cm.

Miscanthus sinensis “Zebrinus” (Zebra Grass)
An elegant deciduous grass with narrow green leaves, banded with yellow (cream in summer). Bronze-pink plumes of flowers, turning silvery grey in Autumn. Suitable for full sun or part shade as well as most soil types, preferably moist and well drained. Maximum height and spread 2m x 1.5m.

Molinia caerulea (Purple Moor Grass)
An excellent grass with an almost transparent quality when placed at the front of a border. The coarse green leaves that are long and very thin. Straw coloured arching flower spikes in Autumn. Suitable for full sun or partial shade as well as most moist and well drained soils. Grows to a height of 75-100cm.

Molinia caerulea “Variegata” (Variegated Purple Moor Grass)
A small deciduous grass with attractive purple flower spikes, flowering from May to September.  Cream and emerald green variegated leaves. An excellent ornamental grass for perennial borders. Does very well in full sun and prefers moist, well drained soils. Height and spread 60cm x 40cm.

Molinea caerulea subsp. arundinacea “Transparent” (Purple Moor Grass “Transparent”)

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Ophiopogon planiscapus “Nigrescens” (Lilyturf; “Black Dragon”, “Ebony Night”)
Also known as Black Mondo Grass. A low growing evergreen grass that forms spreading clumps of glossy black foliage, providing year-round colour. Short stems bearing purple-white flowers in summer May produce shiny dark blue berries in Autumn. Looks excellent in the rain, which enhances its shine. Provides excellent ground cover. Suitable for full sun or part shade and prefers a moist, well drained soil. Grows to a height of 15cm.

 

Panicum virgatum “Rehbraun” (Switch Grass)
An attractive grass with a striking red-purple colour in Autumn and Winter. Forms upright clumps of thin blue-green foliage. Masses of feathery brown flowers from late summer into Autumn. Excellent in mixed or perennial borders. Suitable for full sun or partial shade and prefers well drained soils. Height and spread 100cm x 75cm.

Phalaris arundinacea var. picta “Arctic Sun” (Reed Canary Grass)

 

Spartina pectinata “Aureomarginata” (Golden-edged Prairie Cord Grass)

Stipa gigantea (Giant Feather Grass, Golden Oats)
A perennial grass with narrow dark grey-green leaves and arching stems of golden flower heads that resemble oats. Flowers during June and July. An excellent specimen plant for borders. Prefers a light, well drained soil and full sun. Grows to a height and spread of 2m x 1.2m.

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