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Ornamental Grasses for the Midwest

Ornamental grasses, sedges, and rushes can be great additions to Midwest landscaping. Plant them for the colors, forms, and textures they add… and appreciate them for their adaptability and low maintenance. This Ornamental Grass Trial was started in 2007 at the Olathe Horticulture Research Center. The goal of this study is to evaluate the growth, aesthetics, hardiness, and overall performance of a variety of grasses, sedges and rushes in the prairie climate over a period of several years.

All the results will be posted here on the KSU Turf website, and the best performers will also be added to the Prairie Bloom list

Below you will find three copies of the complete list of ornamental grasses that are in the trial arranged by genus-specie name, by common name, and by their height at maturity. 

Ornamental Grasses arranged by genus-specie name

Ornamental Grasses arranged by common name

Ornamental Grasses arranged by height at maturity

Native and Adapted Grasses for the Midwest