what is the name of that grass?????

fletchermApril 18, 2006

it grows along the roads and highways in MI. usually in ditches and has the plooms of fuzz at the top and is 6-10 feet tall.

looks almost like pampas grass

where can i get some starter plants or seeds short of digging one out of a ditch?

or, what other tall grasses will grow here in MI? pampas grass is zone 7

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cody_mi(z5 MI)

arundo donax?

    Bookmark   April 18, 2006 at 9:02PM
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treemedic(z4b Ontario)

Most likely Common Reed Grass. Here's a link with info

Here is a link that might be useful: Reed Grass

    Bookmark   April 18, 2006 at 9:05PM
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jroot(5A Ont. Canada (near Guelph))

VERY agressive. Think twice before planting.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2006 at 8:33AM
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magda(Z 5b/6aOnt Can)

VERY, VERY aggressive. Gets through cracks in the asphalt here in Ontario- Zone 5. Can't imagine in Zone 7!

    Bookmark   April 22, 2006 at 8:55AM
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achnatherum(z4or3 Ontario)

By you description ~ definitely Phragmites australis AND definitely not something that you would want to put in your garden. I have seen its roots run 5 feet in one jump!

Other tall grasses that would grow in Michigan ~ hmmmm, depends on what part of Michigan ~ you don't say what zone you're gardening in. A number of Miscanthus sinensis cultivars 'should' work for you as well as the taller Miscanthus floridulus. As for where to buy .. one of your local nurseries should have at least a small selection. If you are in the SW there is a very good grass nursery near Benton Harbor (Amber Waves).
These two links might be of some help
Landscape Grasses
http://www.sustland.umn.edu/maint/grass.html

Here is a link that might be useful: Ornamental grasses for Minnesota

    Bookmark   April 24, 2006 at 8:06AM
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diggerb2(z5oh)

Ravenna grass. erianthus ravennae( but check my spelling)

    Bookmark   April 27, 2006 at 7:42PM
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