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California Native Grasses, Rushes, Reeds & Sedges 

The use of grass and grass like plant material can add a variety of colors and textures and can soften landscape settings.  Ornamental and native grasses can be used to create a dry streambed, a meadow effect, or simply add upright structure in narrow areas.  With the numerous forms and textures of grasses, there is a grass that will work in almost any landscape setting.  For example, Juncus patens has deep gray foliage with a stiff upright habit, whereas Juncus patens ‘Carman’s Grey’ has bright green foliage with a weeping habit.

*Without a contractual agreement, material may be unavailable or only in limited quantities during certain times of the year.

California Native Grasses

Taxonomic Name Common Name
Bouteloua gracilis  Blue Grama Grass
Deschampsia caespitosa Tufted Hairgrass  
Deschampsia caespitosa ‘Goldenhaenge’ Tufted Hairgrass Selection
Deschampsia caespitosa ‘Susan’s Choice’ Tufted Hairgrass Selection
Deschampsia elongata Slender Hairgrass
Distichlis spicata Salt Grass
Equisetum hyemale Horsetail
Festuca californica  California Fescue
Festuca idahoensis ‘Warren Peak’ Idaho Fescue Selection
Festuca idahoensis 'Siskiyou Blue' Idaho Fescue Selection
Leymus condensatus  Giant Wild Rye
Leymus condensatus 'Canyon Prince' Giant Wild Rye Selection
Leymus triticoides  Beardless Wild Rye
Leymus triticoides 'Grey Dawn'  Beardless Wild Rye Selection
Melica californica California Melic
Melica imperfecta Coast Range Melic
Muhlenbergia asperifolia Alkali Muhly
Muhlenbergia rigens  Deergrass
Nassella lepida Foothill Needle Grass
Nassella pulchra Purple Needle Grass
Scirpus cernuus Fiber Optic Grass
Sporobolus airoides  Alkali Dropseed

California Native Rushes

Taxonomic Name Common Name
Eleocharis macrostachya Spike Rush
Eleocharis montevidensis Spike Rush
Juncus acutus  Spiny Rush
Juncus balticus  NCN
Juncus effusus  Common Rush
Juncus effusus 'Quartz Creek'  Quartz Creek Rush
Juncus mexicanus  Mexican Rush
Juncus patens  Rush
Juncus patens 'Carman's Grey'  Rush
Juncus patens 'Elk's Blue' Rush
Juncus xiphioides  Flat-Bladed Rush
*Scirpus americanus Olney’s Bulrush
Scirpus cernuus Fiber Optic Grass
*Scirpus maritimus  Alkali Bulrush
*Scirpus robustus Salt Marsh Bulrush
*Scirpus acutus  Viscid Bulrush
*Scirpus californicus  California Bulrush

California Native Reeds

Taxonomic Name Common Name
*Typha latifolia Cat Tail

California Native Sedges

Taxonomic Name Common Name
Carex barbarae  Santa Barbara Sedge
Carex nudata California Black-flowering Sedge
Carex pansa  California Meadow Sedge
Carex praegracilis  Clustered Field Sedge
Carex spissa  San Diego Sedge
Carex tumulicola  Berkeley Sedge
Cyperus eragrostis  Tall Flat Sedge

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