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Achnatherum calamagrostis
  • Common name: Silver Spike Grass
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 36" x 36"
  • Native to: Europe

This graceful clump grass produces multiple silvery spikes in late spring. The seed heads persist throughout the growing season and remain beautiful into winter.

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.

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.

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. Firewise.

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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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Muhlenbergia lindheimeri
  • Common name: Lindheimer's Muhly
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2-5’x 2-5’
  • Native to: TX

Silvery seedheads on SW native grass. Fine foliage, fountain-like form. Needs good drainage.

Pseudoroegneria spicata
  • Common name: Bluebunch Wheatgrass
  • Zone: 4-5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2' x 2'
  • Native to: Idaho

Bluebunch Wheatgrass, a lower Foothills native bunchgrass, greens up early in the spring. Can see out prolifically. Excellent for reclamation, naturalization.

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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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