A clump forming grass with greyish, slightly hairy foliage and heads of silky flowers that start metallic red and fade to tawny buff. For full sun and well drained soil. May not be fully hardy in cold areas but is easy to keep in a cold greenhouse or sheltered corner.
A new form from America with a stronger habit than ‘Overdam’ and a reversed variegation. Creamy white stripes, tinged pink and the usual purplish pink flowers in summer. 1.2m. Dense clumps of foliage provide upright columns of stems that last all winter, cut back in February.
A striking golden variegated sport of 'Karl Foerster' from the USA. Yellow striped leaves and golden stems with the usual purple-ish flower in May and June, tawny seedheads until late winter. Good soil in sun, 1.5m.
Often used in naturalistic gardens this is an excellent garden grass. Dense clumps of foliage and tall, upright stems topped with purple flushed green flowers in summer. 1.5m. Ordinary soil in sun or part shade. Good winter effect from the stems and seedheads.
Very similar to the better known 'Karl Foerster' but flowers two weeks earlier, narrow flowers. Dense clumps of foliage and tall, upright stems topped with purple flushed green flowers in summer. 1.5m.
Neat clumps of powdery grey foliage to just 20cm send up masses of wiry stems topped with fingered spikes of grey flowers all summer. For a well drained soil in full sun. 80cm in flower. Only hardy in warmer areas but easy to raise from seed and it will flower the first year.
A recent introduction from Scotland, this form has dark coloured flowers from late spring that fade to a warm golden buff seedhead 1.2m high. Dense clumps of deep green leaves to 30cm. Good soil in sun or light shade.
Brilliant clumps of bright grey, fine foliage and arching stems of charcoal grey flowers all summer and into autumn. For a well drained soil in full sun, an ideal ornamental grass in a big container too.