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Types of wild grasses

Wild grasses have made their way into lawns and gardens as both components of a healthy lawn and as ornamental grasses. When grown in their native areas, these hardy grasses are very easy to maintain.

St. Augustine Grass

St. Augustine grass is native to the southern and Gulf coastal regions of the United States. It can grow into a thick, beautiful lawn but requires watering to maintain greenness during summer months.

Feather Reed Grass

Feather reed grass is one of the most popular ornamental grasses. It has strong vertical lines, with both leaves and stalks standing upright. Feather reed grass is often planted around ponds and other water features.

Blue Fescue

Blue fescue and large blue fescue grow in thick clumps to about 18 inches in height. The blue-grey colour and mounded shape make them popular as ornamental grasses in borders and rock gardens.

Plume Grass

Plume grass is also called Hardy Pampas Grass. It is often grown as a substitute for Pampas grass in northern areas. Plume grass grows up to 8 to 12 feet in height, making it a popular screen plant.

Buffalo Grass

Buffalo grass is native to the Central Plains states. The low-growing wild grass is very popular for lawns in the Central United States. It is low maintenance and forms a thick, dense carpet of grass.

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Deb Powers is an avid urban gardener who works with a community collective to promote sustainable urban agriculture and build partnerships between local business owners and community organizations. Powers serves as a social media and marketing consultant for local non-profits and businesses, and is collaborating with a coffee roaster to publish a cookbook highlighting coffee as a culinary ingredient.