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3-4' grass

Posted by rippsnorter Zone 9 Florida (My Page) on
Fri, May 2, 08 at 0:52

Hey everyone! I am building a garden at the front entrance to my house. The walkway which runs right through the middle is going to be lined with bamboo shafts that will vary from 3 to 4 feet tall. I would like to find a grass that would reach that high and stay about that height with minimal trimming, and also grows in spreads, not in individual clumps. It would have to be a grass that is tolerant of being in the shade for most of the day. I know its picky, but does anyone have any suggestions?

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RE: 3-4' grass

Wow, that's a tough one. Shade, 3 ft high, spreading grass for warm zone 9.

Not much comes to mind.

Chasmanthium latifolium would fit in well with Bamboo. You'd have to keep it moist in zone 9 and definitely in some shade. It's clump forming actually, but can be planted to form a hedge-like grouping...without distinct individual forms. Does spread with rhizomes, but not overly aggressive and easy to control. In shade it will be about 3 ft with a slight droop.

RE: 3-4' grass

I google imaged that grass and i like how it looks. Now, where does one go to purchase said plant?

RE: where to buy

Nevermind. Behold the power of google. I found it for around 11 bucks. Sound reasonable?

RE: 3-4' grass

Bluestem, Santa Rosa Gardens, Digging Dog, Plant Delights, High Country Gardens, and lots of others sell online grasses and should carry Chasmanthium. I've seen it for less than you mentioned, but depends on what size you're looking at.

RE: 3-4' grass

I second the recommendation for Chasmanthium latifolium or River Oats. Although it doesn't spread by runners, it readily reseeds and will quickly fill an area. It also grows great in the shade and is about the right height. It is a beautiful grass suggestive of bamboo with very attractive seed heads in late summer.

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