ornamental grasses - Knowledgebase Question

san antonio, Te
Question by uscpharmd
May 16, 2009
I would like a list of ornamental grasses aside from purple fountain grass for san antonio tx area. Looking to remove all my shrubs as I do not like the hedge look nor the hassle. already have purple fountain and mexican feather grass. Any suggestions on why the mexican heather grass I did not trim down for winter is doing much better than the ones I did...trimmed ones yet to show much new growth.


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Answer from NGA
May 16, 2009

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Some of the best ornamental grasses for your San Antonio garden include:
Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardi), grows 1-2' in full sun. Eastern Gamagrass (Tripsacum dactyloides) grows 2-3' in full sun to part shade. Inland Seaoats (Chasmanthium latifolium), grows 2-4' in shade or dappled shade. Little Bluestem (Schixachyrium scoparium), grow 1-2' in full sun to part shade and is an evergreen. Muhly Grass (Muehlenbergia lindheimeri) is also evergreen and grows 2-5' in part shade to full sun. Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum') grows 2-3' in full sun. Sideoats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) grows 2-3' in dappled shade, part shade, or full sun. Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) reaches 3' in part shade to full sun. There is no explanation as to why an unpruned purple fountain grass would grow faster than one you have pruned back. I typically pull out rather than cut off the dead blades. Use your hands to pull up on the foliage, like you are combing the plant with your fingers. The dead blades will pull right up. Good luck with your garden!

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