Garden Planning - Knowledgebase Question

Longwood, Fl
Question by ellendoane
September 27, 2009
The ornamental grasses that do best in very wet areas-preferably flowering grasses

Answer from NGA
September 27, 2009


Some ornamental grasses that grow well in Florida include: Cortaderia selloana (Pampas grass)'Carminea Rendatleri' Pink pampas grass has green leaves, pink flowers; 'Gold Band' leaves edged with golden stripe; 'Pumila' (Dwarf pampas grass), Grey green leaves, white flowers; 'Silver Stripe' with white linear variegated leaves; 'Sun Stripe', Leaves with yellow centers, green margins; 'Sunningdale Silver'. Cymbogon citratus (Lemon grass), Clumping, fragrant foliage, frost tender, grows 3-6 feet. Pennisetum alopecuroides (Fountain grass)'Little Bunny' is a miniature fountain grass with white flowers, grows 1 foot tall and wide; 'Hameln', Green leaves with white flowers; Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum' (Purple fountain grass) has narrow purple leaves with burgundy flowers, grows 3-4 feet. Pennisetum X 'Burgundy Giant' with broad purple leaves and burgundy flowers, grows 4-6 feet. Phalaris arundinaceae (Ribbon grass) 'Dwarf Garters' has green and white-striped leaves, grows 1-2 feet; 'Feesey's Form' has green and white-striped leaves blushed with pink, grows 2-3 feet; 'Luteo-Picta' with green and pale gold-yellow striped leaves, grows 2-3 feet. Miscanthus sinensis (Japanese silver grass) 'Adagio' has narrow green leaves, compact growth to 3-4 feet; 'Arabesque' called Arabesque Japanese silver grass has narrow green leaves, compact growth; 'Cabaret', Leaves with white linear striped centers grows 5-6 feet; 'Gracillimus' Maiden grass has narrow, silver striped leaves. Hope this information is helpful.

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