Prairie Smoke
Prairie Smoke
Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum) is a spring blooming plant most often found in dry rock crevices or dry, rocky soils.  In our area it is found on alvars or limestone pavements.  The pinkish-red flowers are attractive but the grey-pink seed heads are
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GRASSES/SEDGES

  • Some species are available only in certain seasons or in small quantities
  • "100-Mile" means the plant grows within a 100 mile radius of the nursery.
  • We do not ship live plants.  Contact us to reserve plants or obtain a quote.

 Andropogon gerardii (Big Bluestem) 100 Mile

Description: H90-130cm, W90-120cm; Grass - dark green in summer turning tan/red/orange in autumn with silvery seed heads.
Natural Habitat: Full sun; well drained Prairie soils
Where to Use: Prairie, Perennial border, Mass grouping in clumps

Bouteloua curtipendula (Sideoats Grama) 100 Mile

Description: H30-60cm, W30-60cm clumps; summer bloom in one-sided racemes
Natural Habitat: Sun; Well-drained Prairie
Where to Use: Prairie, Perennial border

Bouteloua gracilis (Blue Grama) 100 Mile and Prairies

Description: H20-30cm, W30-60cm clumps; summer bloom in one-sided racemes
Natural Habitat: Sun; Short-grass Prairie
Where to Use: Dry Prairie, Perennial border  (Photo: Curtis Clark)

Carex bebbii (Bebb's Sedge) 100 Mile
Description: H60 cm; small, round spikelet seeds heads from grassy clumps; spring - summer
Carex comosa (Bristly Sedge)  100 Mile
Description: H40-80cm, W70cm; bright green leaves, large seed heads like a bottlebrush
Carex crinita (Fringed Sedge)  100 Mile
Description: H90cm; drooping seed heads in summer; long grassy leaves
Carex grayi (Gray's Sedge)  100 Mile
Description: H40-80cm, W70cm; bright green leaves, round spikey seed heads like a mace
Carex granularis (Meadow Sedge)  100 Mile
Description: H60cm; upright seed heads in early summer; grassy leaves; sun; moist to average soils
Carex gynandra (Nodding Sedge)  100 Mile
Description: H90-120cm, W90cm; stalks of green drooping seed heads in summer turning tan by autumn
 Carex lasciocarpa (Wooly-fruit Sedge)  100 Mile
 Description:  H80cm; very fine leaves; in shallow water; sun/part-sun; fens and bogs
 Carex lupulina (Hop Sedge)  100 Mile
Description: H60-90cm, W70cm; bright green leaves, upright, spikey seed heads
Carex lurida (Shallow Sedge)     100 Mile
Description:  H80cm; spiky seed heads; summer
Carex muskingumensis (Palm Sedge) 100 Mile
Description: H50-60cm, W70cm; bright green whorled leaves, small cone-like seed cluster
Carex platyphylla (Broadleaf Sedge)     100 Mile
 Description: H15cm, W30cm; wide, with pleated/quilted look; woodland sedge perfect for shade
 Carex vulpinoidea (Fox Sedge)     100 Mile
Description: H60cm; greenish yellow spikes in summer and fall
Chasmanthium latifolia (Northern Sea Oats) EAST N.A.
Description: H90-120cm, W80cm, grass with wide spikelets turning pink/tan in autumn
Natural Habitat: Sun/Light shade; River banks
Where to Use: Meadow, Perennial border; Seed heads provide interest from summer through winter; Excellent contrast with flowering perennials

Elymus canadensis (Canada Wild Rye) 100 Mile

Description: Grass to 90cm; late spring
Natural Habitat: Average to moist meadows; Good for naturalizing; attractive, drooping seed heads all summer

Elymus virginicus (Virginia Wild Rye) 100 Mile

Description: Grass to 90cm; late spring
Natural Habitat: Average to moist meadows; Good for naturalizing; attractive, upright seed heads all summer

Hierochloe odorata (Sweet Grass)     100 Mile

Description: H60cm; grass, seeds in early summer; fragrant leaves
Natural Habitat:  Sun; moist soils in meadows and Prairie
Where to Use:  Can spread aggressively by rhizomes so locate it in a naturalized area or grow in deep containers;
Hystrix patula [=Elymus hystrix] (Bottlebrush Grass) 100 Mile
Description: H90-120cm, W40cm; grass with bristle seed heads maturing in summer
Natural Habitat: Part sun/Shade; Woodland edges, Clearings; Moist to average soils
Where to Use: Woodland, Shade garden; Background clumps for part shade 

Panicum virgatum (Switchgrass) 100 Mile

Description: H90-120cm, W60-90cm; Blue-green grass with open panicles in summer
Natural Habitat: Dry prairies, Meadows
Where to Use: Prairie, Meadow, Perennial border; Grows in clumps; Often has good summer/fall colour and attractive seed heads in winter; may self sow
Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem) 100 Mile
Description: H30-90cm, W30-50cm; upright grass with silvery seed heads
Natural Habitat: Sun; Prairie, Meadow, Fields; Variety of soils
Where to Use: Prairie, Meadow, Perennial border, Naturalized areas, Bank stabilization; Good fall colour and winter interest

Scirpus atrovirens  (Green Bulrush)   100 Mile

Description:  H120cm, W60cm; Grass-like stalks, loose head of dark seeds
Natural Habitat:  Sun/Part Sun; Wet to moist Meadows and Wetland edges
Where to Use:   Pond edges, Moist Meadows or naturalized areas; Erosion control - can be grown in pots as marginal or will form colonies in wet areas
Scirpus cyperinus  (Wool Rush)   100 Mile
Description:  H120cm, W60cm; Grass-like stalks, loose nodding, fuzzy cinnamon seeds
Natural Habitat:  Sun/Part Sun; Wet to moist Meadows and Wetland edges
Where to Use:   Pond edges, Moist Meadows or naturalized areas; Erosion control - seed heads remain ornamental into the winter

Scirpus pendulus (Rufous Bulrush)     100 Mile

Description: H80cm; drooping spikelets of cinnamon brown above grassy foliage; summer
Natural Habitat:  Sun;  Moist meadows, Ditches, Stream banks, Wetlands
Where to Use:   Moist meadows, Naturalized shorelines, Pond edges

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass) 100 Mile

Description: H90-150cm, W70cm; grass maturing in late summer
Natural Habitat: Sun/Part sun; Tallgrass Prairie, Meadows, Woodland clearings
Where to Use: Prairie, Meadow, Perennial border (specimen clumps)
Typha latifolia (Cattail)     100 Mile    
Description: 2-3m; wide, tall leaves, dark brown seed head; summer
Natural Habitat:  Sun;  Marshes, Wetlands
Where to Use:    Naturalized shorelines; can spread aggressively and form large patches; not suited for ornamental pond gardens - may be grown in large containers

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