ornamental grass with a arching habit

cnjrojas(z6 PA)July 8, 2005


I am a novice. I am trying to identify an ornamental grass so that I can purchase it and plant it in my garden. It is only about 3 feet tall and it has very arching dark green leaves. It looks like a mop top. In the fall it gets the most beautiful cream color plumes. Any ideas as to what this is ... or how to identify it?

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sounds like a Miscanthus type... Maiden grass or Gracilimus is the most common

most get bigger than 3 feet when well planted, but there are dwarf forms

    Bookmark   July 9, 2005 at 1:57AM
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See if this is the one you are speaking of
It could be a Miscanthus, but from the height I would suspect a Pennisetum. There are many types of both, so you will have to do some looking.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2005 at 8:38AM
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yeah you are probably right, a "Fountain Grass" Pennisetum... they do look like big mops, they get fuzzy round plumes

    Bookmark   July 9, 2005 at 11:00AM
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cnjrojas(z6 PA)

Noki and PollyNY, thank you for your suggestions. It is not fountain grass... or gracillimus. The plumes are much different than fountain grass.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2005 at 8:56PM
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Can you post a picture?

    Bookmark   July 10, 2005 at 11:12PM
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jake(z4b-5 NE)

Try Molinia - Moor grass. There are several of the Molinia that are in the 3' "mop-top" appearance.

This grass family is not really spoken of on this forum but it is a grass that even I need to get more of in my plantings.

As a side note there is a Molinia "Karl Foerster" that is mounding and the flowers stick up, like fireworks shooting up and away, that is totally awesome compared to the Calamagrostis "Karl Foerster" one of the sentinel at the gate grasses.


    Bookmark   July 11, 2005 at 9:29AM
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