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Plant family: poaceae


The grass family, formerly known as graminae, is home to grasses around the world, from annual grasses to perennial lawn grasses to giant feather reeds.

I use the GRIN online query system to determine plant families. The list below shows the plants in my database listed as members of the poaceae family. Click on the botanical name of any plant to go to the plant portrait. For a list of all the plant families represented in our garden, see my families page.

Botanical name Common name Category FlowersSize
Andropogon gerardii big bluestem grassperennial (Z3-8) bronze (Aug-Oct)5-8'
Arundo donax giant reedperennial (Z6-11) purplish (late summer)to 20'
Bromus kalmii prairie bromeannual/short-lived perennial 24"
Calamagrostis brachytricha Korean feather grassperennial (Z5-9) buff pink (september)3-4'
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Overdam' feather reed grassperennial (Z5-9) white (summer)4'
Chasmanthium latifolium sea oatsperennial grass golden tan3-4 ft
Chionochloa rubra New Zealand red tussock grassperennial early summer3-4'
Coix lacryma-jobi Job's tearstender perennial green3-4'
Corynephorus canescens 'Spiky Blue' gray hair grassannual 8-10"
Cymbopogon citratus lemon grasstender perennial (Z10-11) 24"
Cynodon dactylon bermuda grassperennial (Z7-10)
Elymus hystrix bottlebrush grassperennial (Z5-9) 30-36"
Eragrostis curvula weeping lovegrassperennial (Z7-9) 2-4' in bloom
Eragrostis spectabilis purple love grassperennial (Z5-9) purple (Aug-Sept)12-24"
Eragrostis trichodes sand love grassperennial (Z5-9) 3-4'
Festuca glauca blue fesque grassperennial 18"
Festuca mairei atlas fescueperennial (Z4-10) tan (June)36"
Helictotrichon sempervirens blue oat grassperennial 2'
Koeleria glauca blue hairgrassperennial (Z6-9) green to cream (May-June)18"
Melica altissima 'Atropurpurea' Siberian melic grassperennial (Z4-9) deep purple (late spring)2'
Melica ciliata silky melic grassperennial (Z5-10) 24"
Milium effusum 'Aureum' wood milletperennial (Z5) 10"
Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Kitten' maiden grassperennial (Z5-9) late summer2-4'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning light' maiden grass; Chinese silver grassperennial (Z4-10) pinkish (fall)4'
Miscanthus sinensis var. purpurascens flame grassperennial (Z4-9) burgundy/tan (late summer-fall)6'
Nassella tenuissima silky thread grass; Mexican feather grassperennial (Z6-10) 30"
Pennisetum glaucum ornamental milletperennial (Z8-11) purple (summer)3-4'
Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose' fountain grassperennial (Z5-7) dusty rose (summer)3'
Pennisetum species/cultivars fountain grassperennial
Phalaris arundinacea 'Strawberries&Cream' ribbon grassperennial grass 3 ft
Sasa masamuneana white-striped dwarf bambooperennial see below
Schizachyrium scoparium little bluestemperennial purple (late summer)3'
Setaria sp. foxtail grassannual green
Sorghastrum nutans Indian grassperennial (Z3-9) 3-7'
Sporobolus heterolepis prairie dropseedperennial (Z3-9) 24-36"
Stipa tirsa perennial white3'
Tripsacum dactyloides 'Emerald Scepter' eastern gamagrassperennial (Z5-10) 5'
Triticum 'Moroccan Frost' wheatannual
Zea mays 'Quadricolor' and 'Tiger Cub' ornamental cornannual

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Last modified: December 11, 2014
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