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List: Grass & Sedge Comparison Chart

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Grass & Sedge Comparison Chart

The Grass & Sedge Comparison Chart is a list of common grass and sedge perennials grown at Johnson's Nursery. Grasses and sedge are versatile ornamental plants used landscapes, and vary in sun preferences, sizes, colors, textures, and habits from low clump forming to strongly upright. Grasses have a range of bloom times from early spring through fall, but most of them offer fall and winter interest, like conifers. Some grasses are Wisconsin native plants!

Ornamental grass varieties are incredibly popular and important landscape decorations in the ladscape. Also consider using an ornamental grass in your container garden! Grasses are very popular for adding vertical interest to gardens and landscapes, but they also add wildlife value with food and nesting.

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LinkNameWI NativeHSFoliageBloomIdeal Growing ConditionsSeasonZone
Autumn Moor Grass12-18"12-18”light greenAug-Septfull shade/part shade, adaptable to soilscool4
Big Bluestemx4-7’24-30”blue-greenAug-Septfull sun, well drained soilwarm3
Blue Heaven™ Little Bluestem3-4'2-3'steel blueJuly-Septfull sun, moist well drained soilwarm3
Blue Zinger Sedge8-10”18”blue-grayMay-Junefull sun/part shade, moist, well drained soilcool/semi, evergreen5
Bristleleaf Sedgex6-8"6-8"soft greenMay-Junefull sun/part shade, moist, well drained soilcool2
Eastern Star Sedgex1-2’1-2'soft greenMay-Junefull sun/part shade, adaptable to soilscool3
Evergold Sedge10-16”2’green/yellowMay-Augpart sun/full shade, moist, well drained soilcool/semi, evergreen5
Fall-Blooming Feather Reed Grass3-5’2’deep greenSept-Novfull sun/part shade, adaptable to soilscool4
Golden Japanese Forest Grass12-18”12-18”green and goldAugfull sun/part shadewarm5
Gray's (Morning Star) Sedgex2-3'1-2'greenMay-Octpart sun/part shade, moist, well drained soilcool/semi, evergreen5
Graziella Maiden Grass5’4’dark greenlate Aug-frostfull sun/part shade, adaptable to soilswarm5
Hameln Dwarf Fountian Grass2-3’24-36”deep greenAug-Septfull sun/full shade, well drained soilwarm5
Heavy Metal Switch Grass3-4’2-3'metallic blueJuly-Septfull sun/part shade, well drained soilwarm4
Ice Dance Sedge12”12-18”emerald greenMay-Junepart sun/full shade, moist, well drained soilcool/semi, evergreen5
Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass3-5’2'deep greenJune-Julyfull sun/part shade, adaptable to soilscool3
Little Bluestemx2-3’12-18”green-blue to redJuly-Septfull sun/part shade, well drained soilwarm4
Morning Light Maiden Grass4-6’2-3'green, white marginsOctfull sun/part shade, well drained soilwarm5
Northern Sea Oats30-36"12-18”light green to copperJune-Septpart sun/full shade, moist, well drained soilwarm4
Northwind Switch Grass5-6’3-4'blue-greenJuly-Septfull sun/part shade, well drained soilwarm4
Overdam Feather Reed Grass3-4’2'green, white marginsJune-Julyfull sun/part shade, adaptable to soilscool4
Pennsylvania Sedgex6-12”12-15”dark greenMay-Augfull sun/full shade, adaptable to soilscool/semi, evergreen4
Prairie Dropseedx2’18”greenAug-Septfull sun/part shade, adaptable to soilswarm3
Red Flame Miscanthus Grass4-5’2-3'green, red-tingedSept-frostfull sun/part shade, adaptable to soilswarm5
Shenandoah Switch Grass4-5’2-3'dark greenJuly-Septfull sun/part shade, well drained soilwarm4
Tara Prairie Dropseed Grass18"18-24"greenAug-Septfull sun/part shade, adaptable to soilswarm3
Variegated Maiden Grass5’4-5’green, white marginslate Sept-frostfull sun/part shade, adaptable to soilswarm5
Variegated Moor Grass2-3'2-3'green, white marginsJune-Septfull sun/part shade, moist, well drained soilwarm4

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Left: Wisconsin native Carex grayii | Middle: Miscanthus sinensis 'Purpurascens' | Right: Molina caerulea 'Variegata'