Native Prairie Grasses

We always have a great selection of our Tough and Beautiful, native prairie grasses. The warm season grasses are very long lived, returning from the roots year after year. They are not invasive. They are part of the Mixed Grass and Tall Grass Prairie that once covered much of southern Manitoba and exist only in remnants now. Cool season grasses green up early and produce seed heads in June. Warm season grasses start growing in June and are lush and green all summer. They head out in late July and are at their peak in August and September. These grasses have very deep roots, some up to 6 feet, which makes them very drought tolerant. Some grasses also grow well in occasionally wet or always wet conditions. When planting a prairie meadow it is best to include a mix of both cool and warm season grasses for early and late season cover and interest. Deer generally do not bother the grasses.

· AWNED WHEATGRASS  · BEBB'S SEDGE · BIG BLUESTEM  · BLUE GRAMA  · BUFFALO GRASS  · CANADA WILD RYE · GIANT WILD RYE · GREEN NEEDLE GRASS · INDIAN GRASS · JUNE GRASS · LITTLE BLUESTEM · MARSH REED GRASS  · PRAIRIE DROPSEED  · PURPLE OAT GRASS  · SHEEP FESCUE · SIDE OATS GRAMA · SWEETGRASS · SWITCH GRASS ·TALL MANNA GRASS · TUFTED HAIRGRASS ·

 


AWNED WHEATGRASS Agropyron subsecundum

Sun: Full Sun
Moisture: Medium to Moist
Height: 50 - 100 cm
Bloom Time: June - Cool Season Grass
Spacing: 30 cm
Native Range in Canada: BC, AB, SK, MB

Description: This clump grass provides early cover for later warm season grasses like Big Bluestem and Indian Grass - The main cool season grass in Tall Grass Prairie - Reseeds easily.

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  
 
Seed 5g $7.00 25g $19.00 100g $58.00
   


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BIG BLUESTEM Andropogon gerardii

Sun: Full Sun or Part Shade
Moisture: Medium to Very Moist
Height: 100 - 175 cm
Bloom Time: August - Warm Season Grass
Spacing: 30-45 cm
Native Range in Canada: SK, MB, ON, QC

Description: Tall, eyecatching grass with seedheads like a "Turkey Foot" - Beautiful, rusty fall colour - THE grass of the Tall Grass Prairie. Grows in almost any soil, from wet clay to dry sand.

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  
 
1 gal pots $10.50 10/$95  
 
Seed 5g $4.00 25g $9.00 100g $29.00
(7,000 seeds/25g)    


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SIDE OATS GRAMA Bouteloua curtipendula

Sun: Full Sun
Moisture: Dry to Moist
Height: 50 - 75 cm
Bloom Time: July/August - Warm Season Grass
Spacing: 25 cm
Native Range in Canada: BC, AB, SK, MB, ON

Description: Distinctive seedheads with tiny, bright orange flowers and seeds on one side of the stalk - A beautiful, clump grass to go with other low flowers and grasses.

You can have fun with your garden! How about planting a Garden of Smiles?

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more $132
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  
 
Seed 5g $4.00 25g $8.00 100g $27.00
(5,200 seeds/25g) Seed not available in 2017.


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BLUE GRAMA Bouteloua gracilis

Sun: Full Sun
Moisture: Dry to Medium
Height: 20 - 50 cm
Bloom Time: July/August - Warm Season Grass
Spacing: 25 cm
Native Range in Canada: BC, AB, SK, MB, ON

Description: Drought tolerant, clump grass - Seedheads look like little toothbrushes hanging in the air - Best is sandy soil - Not for clay - Good with June grass and other low flowers.

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  


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BUFFALO GRASS Buchloe dactyloides

Sun: Full Sun
Moisture: Dry to Moist
Height: 5 - 10 cm
Bloom Time: July/August - Warm Season Grass
Spacing: 30 cm
Native Range in Canada: SK, MB

Description: Unusual grass that spreads by runners like strawberries - Very rare in Manitoba - Grey-green leaves - Great for native lawn in dry areas.

Not available in 2017.

Sizes & Prices
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  


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BEBB'S SEDGE Carex bebbii

Sun: Full Sun
Moisture: Moist - Wet
Height: 30 - 45 cm
Bloom Time: June - Cool Season Grass
Spacing: 25 cm
Native Range in Canada: BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, PEI, NS, NL, YT, NWT

Description: A great groundcover for wet meadows - Attractive grass-like clumps - Good for shoreline erosion control - Produces lots of seed for wildlife. Reseeds easily.

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  


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MARSH REED GRASS Calamagrostis canadensis

Sun: Full Sun
Moisture: Moist - Wet
Height: 90 - 150 cm
Bloom Time: June - Cool Season Grass
Spacing: 30-45 cm
Native Range in Canada: BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, PEI, NS, NL, YT, NWT, NU

Description: For shorelines and wet meadows - Attractive grass spreads by roots and is great for erosion control - Also called Canada Bluejoint - Shelter for birds. Reseeds easily.

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  


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TUFTED HAIRGRASS Deschampsia caespitosa

Sun: Full Sun or Part Shade
Moisture: Medium to Wet
Height: 60 - 120 cm
Bloom Time: June - Cool Season Grass
Spacing: 30 cm
Native Range in Canada: BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, PEI, NS, NL, YT, NWT, NU

Description: Clumps of rich green foliage in spring are followed by graceful, fine textured panicles of seed - Reseeds easily.

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  
 
Seed 5g $4.00 25g $9.00 100g $29.00
(109,000 seeds/25g) Seed not available in 2017.


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CANADA WILD RYE Elymus canadensis

Sun: Full Sun or Part Shade
Moisture: Dry to Moist
Height: 100 - 150 cm
Bloom Time: June - Cool Season Grass
Spacing: 30 cm
Native Range in Canada: BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, NWT

Description: Fast growing, clump grass - Attractive, curving seedheads - Wide blue-green leaves - Lives 4 or 5 years - Reseeds very easily on bare soil.

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  
 
Seed 5g $5.00 25g $13.00 100g $40.00
(3,500 seeds/25g)    


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GIANT WILD RYE Elymus cinereus

Sun: Full Sun or Shade
Moisture: Medium to Moist
Height: 90 - 120 cm
Bloom Time: June - Cool Season Grass
Spacing: 30 cm
Native Range in Canada: BC, AB, SK, MB

Description: This clump grass lives 5 - 6 years - Reseeds easily on bare soil - Seedheads are eyecatching, erect white spikes 10-25 cm long.

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  
 
Seed 5g $7.00 25g $16.00 100g $53.00
(2,500 seeds/25g)    


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SHEEP FESCUE Festuca ovina saximontana

Sun: Full Sun
Moisture: Dry to Medium
Height: 15 - 30 cm
Bloom Time: June - Cool Season Grass
Spacing: 25 cm
Native Range in Canada: BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NL, YT, NWT

Description: Mixes well with Grama grasses and Little Bluestem for early season cover - Drought tolerant, clump grass - Seedheads have a reddish tinge in late June. Reseeds.

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  
 
Seed 5g $4.00 25g $11.00 100g $34.00
 
Seed not available in 2017.


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SWEETGRASS Hierochloe odorata

Sun: Full Sun
Moisture: Moist - Wet
Height: 30 - 60 cm
Bloom Time: June - Cool Season Grass
Spacing: 30-60 cm
Native Range in Canada: BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, PEI, NS, NL, YT, NWT, NU

Description: A sacred herb (Weengush) that is widely used by many First Nations people. The sweet smelling braids are burned as an incense in Sweetgrass Ceremonies for cleansing, purification & healing. Ceremonial smudging brings positive energies of love & removes negative forces. It cleanses the body, mind and spirit. Sweetgrass is also used for medicinal tea. It is native to North America & northern Europe. It gets its distinctive scent from Coumarin, an anticoagulant. Spreads rapidly by the roots in moist to wet areas.

Sweetgrass Braids: $7.50

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10 $65.50  
 
Seed Packet size only in 2017.
(17,500 seeds/25g)    


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JUNE GRASS Koeleria macrantha

Sun: Full Sun
Moisture: Dry to Medium
Height: 15 - 40 cm
Bloom Time: June - Cool Season Grass
Spacing: 20 cm
Native Range in Canada: BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, YT, NWT

Description: Showy, white seedheads in June - Drought tolerant - This clump grass is best with wildflowers and grasses in sandy to loam soil - Short lived in clay - Reseeds.

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  
 
Seed 5g $7.00 25g $23.00 100g $74.00
 
 


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SWITCH GRASS Panicum virgatum

Sun: Full Sun
Moisture: Dry to Moist
Height: 80 - 120 cm
Bloom Time: August - Warm Season Grass
Spacing: 30 cm
Native Range in Canada: SK, MB, ON, QC, NS

Description: Looks great in masses with lacey seedheads blowing in the breeze - Host for Skippers - seed for birds – Golden foliage in fall. Grows in any soil from sand to wet clay.

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  
 
Seed 5g $7.00 25g $22.00 100g $72.00
(12,500 seeds/25g)    


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PURPLE OAT GRASS Schizachne purpurascens

Sun: Part Shade or Shade
Moisture: Dry to Moist
Height: 50 - 100 cm
Bloom Time: June - Cool Season Grass
Spacing: 25 cm
Native Range in Canada: BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, PEI, NS, NL, YT, NWT

Description: A handsome, clump grass with attractive drooping seedheads - Host for Northern Pearly Eye butterfly - Reseeds.

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  


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LITTLE BLUESTEM Schizachyrium scoparium

Sun: Full Sun
Moisture: Dry to Moist
Height: 30 - 70 cm
Bloom Time: August - Warm Season Grass
Spacing: 30 cm
Native Range in Canada: BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, NS

Description: Excellent, medium height grass for landscaping - At peak in August/September with fluffy white seeds and orange-red foliage - Host for Skippers.

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  
 
Seed 5g $7.00 25g $16.00 100g $50.00
(7,500 seeds/25g)    


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INDIAN GRASS Sorghastrum nutans

Sun: Full Sun
Moisture: Dry to Moist
Height: 100 - 150 cm
Bloom Time: August - Warm Season Grass
Spacing: 30 cm
Native Range in Canada: SK, MB, ON, QC

Description: Silky, golden seedheads with bronze coloured leaves in fall - Excellent as an accent or in prairies - Host for Skippers - Fresh and dry bouquets. Grows in any well drained soil from sand to clay.

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  
 
Seed 5g $4.00 25g $6.00 100g $19.00
(7,400 seeds/25g)    


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PRAIRIE DROPSEED Sporobolus heterolepis

Sun: Full Sun
Moisture: Dry to Moist
Height: 30 - 70 cm
Bloom Time: August - Warm Season Grass
Spacing: 30 cm
Native Range in Canada: SK, MB, ON, QC

Description: Elegant, ornamental grass with fragrant, silvery seedheads - Fine textured leaves turn golden orange in fall - Seed for birds. Grows in any soil from sand to clay.

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  
 
Seed 5g $4.00 25g $9.00 100g $28.00
(12,500 seeds/25g)  


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GREEN NEEDLE GRASS Stipa viridula

Sun: Full Sun
Moisture: Dry to Moist
Height: 50 - 100 cm
Bloom Time: June - Cool Season Grass
Spacing: 30 cm
Native Range in Canada: BC, AB, SK, MB, YT, NWT

Description: Fine textured, clump grass with long feathery seedheads - Does not tolerate wet or poorly drained soils.

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  
 
Seed 5g $7.00 25g $24.00 100g $77.00
(6,500 seeds/25g)  


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TALL MANNA GRASS Glyceria grandis

Sun: Full Sun
Moisture: Moist - Wet
Height: 125 - 175 cm
Bloom Time: June - Cool Season Grass
Spacing: 30-45 cm
Native Range in Canada: BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, PEI, NS, NL, YT, NWT

Description: A showy panicle of seeds tops this tall grass. It is great for moist to wet areas such as lakeshores, creeks, ditches, marshes and edges of wetlands. Spreading roots are good for erosion control.

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  
 
Seed 5g $8.00 25g $30.00 100g $92.00
 
Seed not available in 2017.


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