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Full-sun native grasses best without irrigation
Big Bluestem Andropogon gerardii var. gerardii Characterized by large, bird's-feet seedheads scattered along the upper half of the stalks, height 4-9 feet depending on culture, soil.. Full sun to light shade, well-drained clays or sands, best if established and then not watered. Silver-blue form has aggressive rhizomes, turns sandy in winter. Green & Purple form gains increasing amounts of purple on stems, heads and foliage during the year, climaxes with intense purple display in fall, bunch form. Mow in winter, hardy to Zone 4, warm-season plant. Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii var geradii) with green and purple heads Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii var geradii) Big Bluestem Andropogon gerardii var geradii)

Blue Grama Bouteloua gracilis Provides lush, fine-textured, drought-tolerant foliage in a tight bunch (1 foot height) under dancing "eyebrow" seedheads (2 feet). Very graceful among rocks, dry soils, water only to establish, mow in winter. Hardy to Zone 4, warm-season. Blue Grama (Bouteloua gracilis)

Hooded Windmillgrass Chloris cucullata A warm-season bunchgrass suited to full sun and arid soils. Tolerates irrigation ONLY occasionally, or will rot. 3" windmills on vertical stalks to 3 feet tall, with blue-tinted foliage, fading to sandy in winter but retaining structure. Great in rock gardens. Hardy to zone 5. Hooded Windmillgrass (Chloris cucullata)

Little Bluestem Schizachyrium scoparium var. frequens A warm-season bunchgrass, often (not always) blue-tinted in summer and cinnamon (not always) in winter. Prefers well-drained, sunny soils and no irrigation after establishment. Our blue product selected for silver-blue summer color and enduring cinnamon winter color for a strong, wind-loving winter presence. Hardy to zone 4, height 2.5-6 feet, depending on culture. Beware of selections originating on acid soils if to be planted on alkaline soils, they suffer! Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. frequens) Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. frequens) in winter Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. frequens) summer color

Mexican Feathergrass Nasella tenuissima A cool-season bunchgrass favoring full sun to part shade and extremely well-drained soils. Excessive winter root moisture a killer. Very fine-textured, forming a cloudlike, woven top in May-June. Best when placed in windy areas. Irrigation discouraged. Hardy to zone 4. Mexican Feather Grass (Nasella tenuissima)

Purple Threeawn Aristida purpurea A warm-season bunchgrass suited to extremely dry, bony, full-sun locations. Extremely fine-textured foliage topped by arching, purpled heads forming a vase, to 2.5 feet. Main season April-May, but new heads produced until frost. Best when backlit. After spring color fades, the character remains in the dried seedheads for months after. Hardy to zone 4. Purple Threeawn (Aristida purpurea)

Sideoats Grama Bouteloua curtipendula A warm-season grass, we market scientific variety cespitosa (bunch form). Named for habit of producing seedhead branches on only one side. Ascending heads to 3 feet, very drought-tolerant, state grass of Texas. Unusual character of plant adds diversity to xeriscapes. Hardy to zone 4. Sideoats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula)