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Achnatherum hymenoides
  • Common name: Indian Ricegrass
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 12-24 in. x 24 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Indian Ricegrass has 1-2 ft. flowering stems that are beautifully airy and graceful. A great accent in any part of a xeric landscape also suitable for meadows. Tolerates clay. The seed heads are attractive in dried arrangements and seed-eating birds love them. More info here.

Bouteloua gracilis
  • Common name: Blue Grama
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 10-15 in. x 10 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Blue Grama can be used as a xeric lawn grass or as a stand alone specimen grass. Unmowed, it forms a tight mound with interesting and graceful seedheads that look a bit like bushy eyebrows waving above the mound by mid-summer. It could star as an accent in a flower bed or naturalized meadow setting. To avoid aggressive seeding, cut back seed heads in fall.

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Chasmanthium latifolium
  • Common name: Northern Sea Oats
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2 ft. x 3 ft.
  • Native to: Central US

Northern Sea Oats’ upright bamboo-like foliage produces unique drooping, flat panicles or seed-heads. The foliage turns a beautiful bronze in the fall and remains highly ornamental throughout winter. Seed heads are great for dried bouquets.

Eragrostis trichodes
  • Common name: Sand Love Grass
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2-4 ft. x 2 ft.
  • Native to: West-central US

Sand Love Grass is an attractive bunch grass with graceful airy seed heads, golden color in winter.

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Festuca Idahoensis
  • Common name: Idaho Fescue
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 18 in. x 15 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Idaho Fescue is a short, tufted bunchgrass with grey-blue blades. Cool season grass, grows early in spring and stays green in winter. Nice garden accent year-round. Avoid over-watering or fertilizing.

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Koeleria macrantha
  • Common name: Prairie Junegrass
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2' x 1'
  • Native to: Idaho

Prairie Junegrass is a native, perennial, cool season tufted bunch grass , growing  actively when soil temps are cooler in spring and fall. It produces lustrous silver-green seedheads in early summer. The supporting foliage is an attractive green-gray color. June Grass prefers full sun and dry, sandy soil.

Leymus cinereus
  • Common name: Great Basin Wildrye
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 5 ft. x 3 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Great Basin Wildrye is the largest native Western bunchgrass. Tall and stately foundation plant for the dry garden. Seed heads in late summer .

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Schizachyrium scoparium
  • Common name: Little Bluestem
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2-3 ft. x 1-2 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Little Bluestem is a fine-textured, blue-gray warm season bunch grass turning spectacular shades of orange, red and purple in autumn. Dramatic garden accent for four seasons.

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Sorghastrum nutans
  • Common name: Indian Grass
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 5 ft. x 1-3 ft.
  • Native to: Western, Central U.S.

Indian Grass is an elegant native warm-season bunchgrass, turning yellow-bronze in fall, great winter accent. Yellow seed heads with whitish hairs shimmer silver and gold in late summer. Tolerates a wide variety of soil types.

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Sporobolus heterolepis
  • Common name: Prairie Dropseed
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 18 - 36” x 18 - 24“
  • Native to: Central/Eastern US

This beautiful warm season grass forms graceful round clumps, great for full hot sun and average soil.Widely used as an ornamental grass in the Midwest,It looks great in either a formal setting or naturalized in a meadow. Does not seed out aggressively.

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