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Native Grasses - Northwest Meadowscapes

Native Grasses

As the dominant plant group in most meadows, grasses are possibly the most important component, and the most overlooked. Unlike aggressive / invasive non-native grasses, our native grasses provide essential food and cover for wildlife, structural support for lanky wildflowers, soil stabilization, and a resistant barrier against invasive weeds. Select native grasses as a matrix, or foundational ground cover – the base palette – to build an entire world from.

  • Roemer's Fescue Seeds (Festuca idahoensis ssp. romeri)

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    A perfect native grass for inter-planting with wildflowers! Native west of the Cascades, Roemer’s fescue was once a dominant grass in prairies and ...

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  • Tufted Hairgrass Seeds (Deschampsia cespitosa)

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    Caterpillar host plant for more than 40 species of butterflies! The name of this sublime native grass, perfectly sums up its appearance. From shor...

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  • Meadow Barley Seeds (Hordeum brachyantherum)

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    One of the most adaptable native grasses for meadow landscaping. This is one of the first grasses we recommend for people trying to incorporate nat...

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  • Blue Wild Rye Seeds (Elymus glaucus)

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    An excellent utilitarian grass for erosion control, wildlife, and agroforestry. With seedheads that can reach 4 to 5 feet in height, blue wild rye ...

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  • Chamisso Sedge Seeds (Carex pachystachya)

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    One of the best grass-substitutes for combining with wildflower plantings. While most sedges have specific associations with wetlands or wet enviro...

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  • Native Red Fescue Seeds (Festuca rubra)

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    Native to most of North America, red fescue is a cool-season perennial, meaning it tends to go dormant in the heat of summer. While there are also ...

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  • Prairie Junegrass Seeds (Koeleria macrantha)

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    A tough, but lush, clumpy grass that can support butterfly caterpillars, grazing mammals, and even function as a lawn grass. Like a number of other...

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  • Toad Rush Seeds (Juncus bufonius)

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    Humble toad rush is one of our favorite plants. At only 2 to 6-inches tall, this annual grass-like plant scarcely gets any attention. Yet for us it...

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  • Seashore Bentgrass Seeds (Agrostis pallens)

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    Possibly THE BEST native turf grass in North America – one that can be left in long and swaying, or closely mowed like a manicured lawn. Native fro...

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  • Molate Red Fescue Seeds (Festuca rubra var. ‘molate’)

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    A Pacific coast form of creeping red fescue for lush, soft, exuberant wild lawns – and for filling gaps between other plant species. Contrasting sl...

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  • Creeping Spikerush Seeds (Eleocharis palustris)

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    As the common name makes clear, this is a rush-like plant that "creeps" or spreads by underground rhizomes. The scientific name is a bit more elega...

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  • Spike Bentgrass Seeds (Agrostis exarata)

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    This is a resilient and under-appreciated grass for damp spaces and wet meadows.   Spike bentgrass can hold ground against invasive reed canary gr...

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  • Sand Fescue Seeds (Festuca ammobia)

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    A beautiful blue/green/grey low maintenance turf and ornamental grass. Native to the Pacific Coast (from British Columbia to Mexico), sand fescue i...

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  • California Oatgrass Seeds (Danthonia californica)

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    An iconic associate of vanishing meadows across the west. Despite the common name, California oatgrass is an extremely widespread meadow and savann...

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  • Western Fescue Seeds (Festuca occidentalis)

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    A mounding, tufted, native fine-leaved fescue for wild lawns, septic drain fields, parks, pet enclosures, and more. Western fescue is a widespread ...

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  • Three Week Fescue Seed (Festuca microstachys)

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    A slender, fast-growing annual grass for quick soil cover. Almost true to its name, three week fescue can grow from seed to maturity very quickly!...

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  • Path Rush Seeds (Juncus tenuis)

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    A tenacious, architecturally beautiful, and under-appreciated plant with numerous uses. Found almost nationwide, path rush takes is named for its ...

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