Grasses

Grasses

Most of these perennial grasses are from the prairie, but there are also sedges and rushes, which are kind of like grasses but they grow in the early season when the prairie grasses are still dormant. You can find a grass or sedge to fit any kind of need–shady, sunny; wet or dry; tall or short.

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We sell plants in 6-packs, 3.5″ pots, and gallon sized pots. We also grow plants in wholesale trays with 2″ plugs (50-cell tray) or 1.5″ plugs (72-cell tray). To order plants, email us at blazingstargardens@gmail.com or call us at 507-402-8337.

You can also buy our plants at our retail location from May to June: Souba Greenhouse, 4003 Crane Creek Rd, Owatonna, MN, and occasionally at the Owatonna Farmers Market.

Our selection includes:

 Buy Big Bluestem Andropogon gerardii Minnesota Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

An iconic tallgrass prairie plant, Big Bluestem grows close to 7 feet tall. This grass has beautiful blue and bronze color tones in late summer that make it an eye catching plant in gardens and restorations. See details
 
 

Side-oats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula)

A short bushy plant with cream-colored flowers that bloom in late spring. Great for dry, sunny spots. Leaves turn black in the fall and look nice in winter. See details
 
 

 Buy Blue Grama Grass (Bouteloua gracilis) Grasses Minnesota Blue Grama Grass (Bouteloua gracilis)

A short bushy plant with cream-colored flowers that bloom in late spring. Great for dry, sunny spots. Leaves turn black in the fall and look nice in winter. See details
 
 

 Buy Prairie Sedge (Carex brevior) Grasses Minnesota Prairie Sedge (Carex brevior)

Sedges are like grasses, but they are cool season growers, sprouting out of the ground as soon as the snow is gone and long before the warm season prairie grasses come out of dormancy. They provide much needed green growth early in the spring. Prairie Sedge has short leaves and lots of seed heads. See details
 
 

 Buy Bottlebrush Sedge (Carex comosa) Grasses Minnesota Bottlebrush Sedge (Carex comosa)

Bottlebrush Sedge likes wet soil and is especially well suited for rain gardens, forming dense clumps that grow large over time. It can also survive dry spells in-between rainfalls. See details
 
 

 Buy Ivory Sedge (Carex eburnea) Grasses Minnesota Ivory Sedge (Carex eburnea)

One of the shortest sedges or grasses, Ivory Sedge grows only 8 inches tall. Great for planting along sidewalks, in-between stone pavers, in rock gardens, and amongst woodland flowers. Compact clumps spread slowly to create a soft groundcover. See details
 
 

 Buy Bur Sedge (Carex grayi) Grasses Minnesota Bur Sedge (Carex grayi)

Bur Sedge can be seen in many gardens, popular due to its versatility and star-shaped seed heads that persist through the winter–seeds that are often eaten by songbirds. Prefers moist soils and a little shade. See details
 
 

Common Lake Sedge (Carex lacustris)

This tough sedge is often seen on shorelines on Minnesota lakes, growing in saturated and temporarily flooded areas. Grows aggressively by underground rhizomes (roots). Useful for shoreline restorations and bank stabilization projects. See details
 
 

 Buy Palm Sedge (Carex muskingumensis) Grasses Minnesota Palm Sedge (Carex muskingumensis)

An ornamental sedge whose stems and leaves look like palm trees. Can handle shady and wet areas. When planted closely it creates a dense canopy. See details
 
 

 Buy Pennsylvania Sedge (Carex pensylvanica) Grasses Minnesota Pennsylvania Sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

This short sedge spreads slowly underground to form a groundcover in shady, dry locations. A key component of many oak woodland restorations. A good garden choice for locations where a short, spreading plant is desired. See details
 
 

 Buy Star Sedge (Carex radiata) Grasses Minnesota Star Sedge (Carex radiata)

Popular ornamental sedge that forms short clumps early in spring. Thin, bright-green leaves and star-shaped seed heads make this an appealing plant. Perfect for borders and when scattered throughout a garden, adding spring green to otherwise dormant gardens. See details
 
 

 Buy Long Beaked Sedge (Carex sprengelii) Grasses Minnesota Long Beaked Sedge (Carex sprengelii)

An increasingly popular sedge for shady and sunny gardens. Long beaked sedge spreads slowly, covering the ground with airy leaves and drooping seed heads. See details
 
 

Tussock Sedge (Carex stricta)

This tough sedge forms hummocks over time–raised clumps of plant matter that rise above the surrounding soil. They grow this way to stay above temporary flooding, which makes them a natural choice for rain gardens and wetland restorations. See details
 
 

 Buy Fox Sedge (Carex vulpinoidea) Grasses Minnesota Fox Sedge (Carex vulpinoidea)

One of the best choices for rain gardens, Fox Sedge can handle temporary flooding and periods of dryness. It forms dense clumps with fine, mounding leaves. Every rain garden needs some scattered throughout. See details
 
 

Bottlebrush Grass (Elymus hystrix)

Bottlebrush Grass grows in woodlands, making it a good grass for shade gardens and forest restorations. See details
 
 
 

Purple Love Grass (Eragrostis spectabilis)

The red seed heads on this short grass make a stunning display in late summer. An ornamental grass that’s growing in popularity. See details
 
 

Sweet Grass (Hierochloe odorata)

Sweet grass is known for its scented foliage and the use of its tough leaves to make braids. It’s also a great soil stabilizer in wet locations, spreading quickly by underground rhizomes (roots). See details
 
 

Common Rush (Juncus effusus)

Round stems make this plant look like a large porcupine. It’s a wetland plant found around the world, which shows its adaptability. Prefers wet conditions but can handle dry periods in rain gardens. See details
 
 

 Buy June Grass (Koeleria cristata) Grasses Minnesota June Grass (Koeleria cristata)

This short grass grows early in the spring, producing puffy seed heads by early summer. Works well in dry, sandy gardens next to other short plants. See details
 
 

Buy Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum) Grass Minnesota Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum)

A seriously tough and adaptable grass. Able to withstand clay, sand, flooding, and drought. Tall, airy seed heads add a serene look to any garden or prairie, especially when they start to wave in the wind. See details
 
 

 Buy Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparius) Grasses Minnesota Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparius)

One of the most popular ornamental prairie grasses. Little Bluestem has blue-hued leaves in early summer, changing to a warm shade of copper in fall. The seed heads are little white puffs that cover the top and blow gently in the wind. They form a stiff column of colorful stems in fall that stand up throughout winter, providing year-round color. See details
 
 

Wool Grass (Scirpus cyperinus)

Wool grass forms dense clumps of fine textured leaves, and then produces seed stalks with large puffs of seeds on top. It’s a unique addition to rain gardens and the edges of ponds. See details
 
 

River Bulrush (Scirpus fluviatilis)

River Bulrush is s staple of shoreline and wetland restorations. It spreads by underground rhizomes (roots) and can form large colonies. See details
 
 

 Buy Softstem Bulrush (Scirpus validus) Grasses Minnesota Softstem Bulrush (Scirpus validus)

Softstem Bulrush can often be seen growing in shallow water along lakeshores and ponds. It spreads to form large colonies. Round stems and small seed heads make it an attractive choice for shorelines and water gardens. See details
 
 

 Buy Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans) Grasses Minnesota Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans)

Graceful golden seed plumes are attractive in both prairies and gardens. In prairies, Indian Grass grows with only a few stems, but in gardens, it forms large clumps that often spread by seed–whether you want it to or not. See details
 
 

 Buy Prairie Cordgrass (Spartina pectinata) Grasses Minnesota Prairie Cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

An incredibly tough grass that spreads aggressively by underground rhizomes (roots). Effective for stabilizing banks and shorelines. Not suitable for gardens. See details
 
 

 Buy Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis) Grasses Minnesota Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

The most ornamental of all prairie grasses, Prairie Dropseed forms dense clumps to create a mound of fine-textured leaves. The seed heads are airy and blow gracefully in the wind. The leaves mat down in the winter, providing natural mulch year after year. The seeds give off a spicy aroma that provides another sensory experience in gardens. See details