Help its taking over!! - Knowledgebase Question

Garden Grove, Ca
Question by ducksta88
June 22, 2010
I have a pool and i planted this beautiful flowing has quickly spread on its own, everywhere!! and its getting into my pool so my husband says it needs to come out.I desperatly need help with finding another grass thats not so evasive..I am going for more a natural look not tropical.Thank you

Answer from NGA
June 22, 2010


There are clumping types of ornamental grasses and spreading types. Sounds like you have a spreading type and yes, they can be invasive. Some of the more popular clumping ornamental grasses include Feather Reed Grass - They are among the best non-invasive ornamental grasses to grow in sunny locations. They thrive well in heavy clay soils so you don't have to put in an extra effort to grow them. The arching clumps and showy flowers make this grass really eye catching. The foliage can grow up to 3 feet tall and it turns golden by late spring.

Japanese Silver Grass - Has large beautiful fluffy flowers that provide for a lot of interest. They grow in dense clumps and are robust in nature. Their upright growth makes them very suitable for bordering.

Porcupine Grass - Has stiff leaves, that look pointy and they are banded with yellow. They produce copper colored flowers that turn white after frost. It can well be consider a dwarf ornamental grass.

Morning light - Has narrow leaves that are tinted with white. It almost looks as if an inner light is radiating from the white midribs of the leaves. It's flowers are popularly used for cutting and drying.

Northern Sea Oats - They do well in partial shade and give off attractive bamboo like foliage and flowers that start off green and turn grey by winter stay elegantly beautiful for several months.

Maiden Grass - A really tall ornamental grass, they might even look daunting when they take up their full growth. Full sun and average soil is all that these grasses need to grow. Huron Blush and Huron sentinel are the late summer flowering grasses of this variety. While the sentinel grows up to 6 feet in height with arching leaves and fawn colored seed heads, the "huron blush" grows up to 4 to 5 feet tall.

Fountain Grass - Fox trot and Red head are two excellent varieties of fountain grasses. Fox trot is easily the tallest fountain grass around and tend to grow up to 4 to 5 feet in height. It develops dark plumes in late summer. Red head blooms by mid-summer giving off purple-reddish buds that develop into purple plumes with reddish cast. They grow up to 3 to 4 feet in height and their foliage turns yellow by fall.

Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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