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ANDROPOGON gerardii 'Pawnee'
(an-dro-PO-gon) (jer-AR-dee-eye)
GRANGE3
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Common Name: Big Bluestem
Description: 2017 GreatPlants™ Grass of the Year. Colorful, robust native; turns light red after frost.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun

ANDROPOGON gerardii 'Pawnee'
(an-dro-PO-gon) (jer-AR-dee-eye)
GRANGE5
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Common Name: Big Bluestem
Description: 2017 GreatPlants™ Grass of the Year. Colorful, robust native; turns light red after frost.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun

BOUTELOUA curtipendula 'Trailway'
(boo-tel-LOO-uh) (kurt-ih-PEN-doo-la)
GRBOCU3
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Common Name: Sideoats Grama
Description: 2005 GreatPlantsTM Grass! Fine leaf, sod-forming, warm season native. Delicate, pendant seed heads; graceful foliage.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun Ground Cover

BOUTELOUA curtipendula 'Trailway'
(boo-tel-LOO-uh) (kurt-ih-PEN-doo-la)
GRBOCU5
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Common Name: Sideoats Grama
Description: 2005 GreatPlantsTM Grass! Fine leaf, sod-forming, warm season native. Delicate, pendant seed heads; graceful foliage.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun Ground Cover

BOUTELOUA gracilis
(boo-tel-LOO-uh) (grah-SIL-is)
GRBOGR3
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Common Name: Blue Grama
Description: 2008 GreatPlants Grass of the Year! Most important range grass of the Great Plains. Curly, narrow leaves; long, one sided seed spikes with eyelash-like inflorescence.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun Ground Cover

BOUTELOUA gracilis
(boo-tel-LOO-uh) (grah-SIL-is)
GRBOGR5
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Common Name: Blue Grama
Description: 2008 GreatPlants TM Grass of the Year. Most important range grass of the Great Plains. Curly, narrow leaves; long, one-sided seed spikes with eyelash-like inflorescence.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun Ground Cover

CALAMAGROSTIS brachytricha
(kal-ah-mah-GROS-tiss) (bray-kee-TRY-ka)
GRCABR3
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Common Name: Reed Grass
Description: 2007 GreatPlantsTM Grass of the Year! RHS Award of Garden Merit. Fall blooming reed grass. Fine textured, rosy inflorescence in September; looks good all fall.
Zone: 5
Specifics: Great Plants Full Sun Partial Shade

CAREX eburna
(KARE-eks)
GRCAEB3
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Common Name: Bristleleaf Sedge
Description: 2018 GreatPlants™ Grass of the Year. This sedge is a neutralizer, tough and adaptable, tolerates dry shade and will tolerate part sun as long as it has ample moisture. Green, needle-like foliage. Photo compliments of Hoffman Nursery
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Partial Shade Full Shade

CAREX eburna
(KARE-eks)
GRCAEB5
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Common Name: Bristleleaf Sedge
Description: 2018 GreatPlants™ Grass of the Year. This sedge is a naturalizer, tough and adaptable, tolerates dry shade and will tolerate part sun as long as it has ample moisture. Green, needle-like foliage.
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Partial Shade Full Shade

CAREX grayi
(KARE-eks) (GRAY-eye)
GRCAGR3
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Common Name: Gray's Sedge
Description: Large, showy seed heads for moist shade.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Partial Shade Full Shade

CAREX muskingumensis
(KARE-eks) (mus-king-u-MEN-sis)
GRCAMU3
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Common Name: Palm Sedge
Description: 2011 GreatPlants TM Grass of the Year. Effective as a specimen near water.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun Partial Shade Water Plant

ERAGROSTIS trichodes
(err-ah-GROS-tiss) (trik-OH-des)
GRERTR5
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Common Name: Sand Love Grass
Description: 2010 GreatPlantsTM Grass of the Year! Lovely, delicate, warm season, native bunchgrass with arching seed heads.
Zone: 5
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun

ERAGROSTIS trichodes
(err-ah-GROS-tiss) (trik-OH-des)
GRERTR3
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Common Name: Sand Love Grass
Description: 2010 GreatPlantsTM Grass of the Year! Lovely, delicate, warm season, native bunchgrass with arching seed heads.
Zone: 5
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun

GERANIUM sanguineum
(jer-AYE-nee-um) (san-GWIN-ee-um)
GERASN3
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Common Name: Bloody Crane's-Bill
Description: 2002 GreatPlantsTM Perennial of the Year! Bowl-shaped, magenta flowers cover plants late spring-early summer; may re-bloom if sheared. Durable, deeply cut foliage forms a mound that turns blood red in fall.
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Full Sun Partial Shade Ground Cover

GERANIUM sanguineum
(jer-AYE-nee-um) (san-GWIN-ee-um)
GERASN5
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Common Name: Bloody Crane's-Bill
Description: 2002 GreatPlantsTM Perennial of the Year! Bowl-shaped, magenta flowers cover plants late spring-early summer; may re-bloom if sheared. Durable, deeply cut foliage forms a mound that turns blood red in fall.
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Full Sun Partial Shade Ground Cover

GEUM triflorum
(JEE-um) (try-FLOOR-um)
GEUMTR3
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Common Name: Prairie Smoke
Description: 2008 GreatPlantsTM Perennial of the Year! Nodding, pink flowers and feathery seed heads on this native.
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Rock Garden Wild Flower Full Sun

MISCANTHUS sinensis var. purpurascens 'Autumn Red'
(mis-KAN-thus) (sih-NEN-sis)
GRMIAR8
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Common Name:
Description: 2006 GreatPlantsTM Grass of the Year! Compact, 3-4', early blooming variety. Red-purple fall color. Extra nice.
Zone: 5
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Full Sun

PANICUM virgatum 'Dallas Blues' PP# 11,202
(PAN-ih-kum) (ver-GAY-tum)
GRPADB8
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Common Name: Switch Grass
Description: 2016 GreatPlants™ Grass of the Year! Steely blue-purple foliage selection with many, very large flower panicles from early September to frost. Robust plants. Outstanding! Propagation Prohibited.
Zone: 5
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Wild Flower Full Sun

PANICUM virgatum 'Northwind'
(PAN-ih-kum)
GRPANW5
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Common Name: Switch Grass
Description: 2014 PPA Plant of the Year! 2012 GreatPlants™ Grass of the Year! Considered the best landscape Panicum. 'North Wind' is an outstanding, upright, blue selection made by Roy Diblik of Northwind Perennial Farm in Wisconsin. Wide, substantial, greenish-blue grass blades become a lovely blue in summer and turn golden-yellow in fall. Rust resistant. Vigorous.
Zone: 2
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Wild Flower Full Sun

PANICUM virgatum 'Northwind'
(PAN-ih-kum) (ver-GAY-tum)
GRPANW8
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Common Name: Switch Grass
Description: 2012 GreatPlantsTM Grass of the Year. Considered the best landscape Panicum. 'Northwind' is an outstanding, upright, blue selection made by Roy Diblik of Northwind Perennial Farm in WI. Wide, substantial, greenish-blue grass blades become a lovely blue in summer and turn golden-yellow in fall. Rust resistant. Vigorous.
Zone: 2
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Wild Flower Full Sun

PANICUM virgatum 'Shenandoah'
(PAN-ih-kum) (ver-GAY-tum)
GRPASH5
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Common Name: Red Switch Grass
Description: 2009 GreatPlants TM Grass of the Year! Dark red leaf tones in July, burgundy in August, to wine colored in September. Striking contrast plant.
Zone: 5
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Wild Flower Full Sun

PANICUM virgatum 'Shenandoah'
(PAN-ih-kum) (ver-GAY-tum)
GRPASH8
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Common Name: Red Switch Grass
Description: 2009 GreatPlantsTM Grass of the Year. Dark red leaf tones in July, burgundy in August, to wine colored in September. Striking contrast plant.
Zone: 5
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Wild Flower Full Sun

SCHIZACHYRIUM s. 'MinnBlueA' PP17,310 Blue Heaven™
(skiz-ah-KEER-ee-um) (sko-PAR-ee-um)
GRSCBH5
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Common Name:
Description: 2013 GreatPlants Grass of the Year. Introduction from the University of MN. Blue-gray foliage in the summer turning burgundy-red with purple and violet highlights in September lasting well into November. Taller, more upright form than is typical of little bluestem, remains upright, and does not fall down or 'lodge'. Small, fluffy, white flowers form in August and September. Propagation Prohibited.
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun

SCHIZACHYRIUM scoparium 'Blaze'
(skiz-ah-KEER-ee-um) (sko-PAR-ee-um)
GRSCBL3
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Common Name: Little Bluestem
Description: 1998 GreatPlantsTM Perennial of the Year! Colorful, fine-leaved, warm season bunch grass. Russet-red through fall and winter.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun

SCHIZACHYRIUM scoparium 'Blaze'
(skiz-ah-KEER-ee-um) (sko-PAR-ee-um)
GRSCBL5
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Common Name: Little Bluestem
Description: 1998 GreatPlantsTM Perennial of the Year! Colorful, fine-leaved, warm season bunch grass. Russet-red through fall and winter.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun

SORGHASTRUM nutans
(sor-GAS-trum) (NEW-tanz)
GRSONU5
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Common Name: Indian Grass
Description: 2004 GreatPlantsTM Grass of the Year! Stalwart, wide leaf, warm season native with golden, plume-like seed heads.
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun

SORGHASTRUM nutans
(sor-GAS-trum) (NEW-tanz)
GRSONU3
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Common Name: Indian Grass
Description: 2004 GreatPlantsTM Grass of the Year! Stalwart, wide leaf, warm season native with golden, plume-like seed heads.
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun

SPOROBOLUS heterolepis
(spor-OB-oh-lus) (het-er-oh-LEP-iss)
GRSPHE3
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Common Name: Prairie Dropseed
Description: 2003 GreatPlants™ Grass of the Year! Narrow-leaved, fragrant, native grass. Incredibly attractive in bloom and seed.
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun Partial Shade