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Grasses, sedges, and rushes are one of the necessary ingredients which draw together flowers, shrubs, trees & vines. Grasses provide wildlife cover, nesting materials for birds as well as nesting sites for certain groundnesting birds. Grasses also provide larval food for various butterflies. Many of the sedges & rushes & some of the grasses are meant to be planted at water's edge, even in the water. These plants provide cover for critters to whom water is a critical part of their life cycle (not just drinking water). Frogs & toads lay their eggs in water as well as dragonflies & multitudes of other beneficial critters. The water plants provide shelter from fish & other predators. Grasses are in the Poaceae family, whereas Carex belong to the Cyperaceae family & rushes & reeds are generally in the Juncaceae family.
Andropogon gerardii   Big bluestem  / Turkeyfoot
$8.00  Quart    
Arkansas native
Sun    Zones 4-9    Family: Poaceae
The name - Big bluestem- invokes thoughts of the tall grass prairies that used to blanket the Midwest.  Thankfully some forward thinking people have dones something to preserve some of the prairie.  Big bluestem has a height range of 4 to 7 feet and does best in full sun.  A long lived grass, it slowly increased by short shizomes and becomes drought tolerant and excellent for erosion control.  Fall color ranges from orange to copper red. Birds use the foliage in nest making & eat the seeds.
Andropogon glomeratus    Bushy bluestemPhotos
$8.00 Quart   $10.00 2-Quart
Arkansas native
Sun/pt shade Z: 5-9 Family: Poaceae
Bushy bluestem is a clump forming warm season grass that is native to the southeastern states through Texas & Oklahoma.  Bushy bluestem is very attractive in bloom which occurs in late summer & stays through winter.  Wetland indicator: FACS+   Birds - butterflies
Andropogon ternarius   Split beard bluestem
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun/part shade  Zones 6-9  Family: Poaceae
Blue green foliage on this more diminutive bluestem which turns copper colored in the fall.  18 to 24" tall with silvery seed heads in late summer.  Probably our most drought tolerant native grass.
Andropogon saccharoides    Silver beard bluestem
$8.00 Quart  Also available in flats of 32             Synonym: Bothriochloa laguroides ssp. torreyana.
Arkansas Native  Sun  Zones 4-9  Family: Poaceae
Silver beard bluestem is an exceptional native bunch grass that is lille known but is quickly becomining a favorite of those who grow it.  The seed heads, which mature in late summer and hold through winter, catch the fall & winter sunlight from most any angle and seem to glow from within.  This grass also has a nice reddish fall color.  Also known as Silver beardgrass, it will grow in any soil, including clay.  Drought buster!   Birds use silver beard grass in nesting & eat the seeds as well.
Anthaenantia texana    Kral's Silkyscale
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun to part shade Zones 6-9 guessing  Family: Poaceae
Very little is known about this grass so I'm guessing the hardiness is at least 6 to 9 and maybe much colder.  Nice purple florets that turn brown with age.  In the wild it grows in open pine savannas and salne barrens that are wet in the winter and spring and dry in the summer & early fall.  Kral's silkyscale is  2 to 3 feet tall. (newly described species)  Thanks to Theo Witsell for the seed.
Aristida purpurea    Purple threeawn
$sold out
Arkansas native
Sun to part shade  Zones 4-10  Family: Poaceae
A perennial bunchgrass with the foliage to one foot & the flowers arising another 10-12" aboe that.  In summer the seed heads form a cloud of purple.  Keep pets away as the seed lodges in their coats.    Drought tolerant.   BIRDS & Butterflies

Bouteloua curtipendula  Side oats gramma
$8.00 Quart .  
Arkansas native
Sun to shade   Zones 4-9  Family: Poaceae
 Lovely grass with the inflorescences on one side of the stem, thus the common name.  Very tolerant to most conditions once established.  Can take it pretty dry, but also can take seasonal flooding.  BIRDS & Butterflies
Buchloe dactyloides Buffalo grass  
$8.00 Quart
 native
   Sun   Zones 5-11   Family: Poaceae
 Growing only 4-6" in height, this is an ideal lawn grass for many areas.  It needs at least 6 hours sun per day & is usually suited for areas with 10 to 35 inches of precipitation.  Buffalo grass likes clay soils & does not perform well on very sandy soils.
Sedges have edges; rushes are round; grasses are hollow up from the ground.  Or Sedges have edges; rushes are round; grasses have nodes all the way to the ground.

Carex albicans    Oak Sedge
$sold out
Arkansas native
Shade to dappled sun   Zones 3-10    Family: Cyperaceae
Oak sedge in nature, is found in upland woods & open glades.  Very drought tolerant once established.  Low growing bunching sedge.  BIRDS & Butterflies

Carex annectans    Yellowfruit Sedge
$8.00 Quart 
Arkansas native
Sun to Shade   Zones 3-10    Family: Cyperaceae
Yellowfruit sedge in nature, is found in moist or wet areas, is good for rain gardens & bioretention projects.  Attractive yellow seed heads stand above the foliage.  Ducks & other waterfowl feed on the fruit.  Thanks to the Shaw Nature Reserve for this seed.   BIRDS & Butterflies
Carex aureolensis    Gold Sedge
$8.00 Quart 
Arkansas native
Sun or Shade   Zones     Family: Cyperaceae
Gold sedge is an excellent substitute for liriope, mondo grass, English ivy and other commonly used alien plants. 10” in height, it gently creeps along making a good groundcover. Mow in early March. Interplant with slender Mountain Mint or wild petunia. Seed thanks to Shaw Nature Reserve.
Carex bicknelli  Bicknell's sedge
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun/part shade  Zones 3-10  Family: Cyperaceae
A low clumping sedge with narrow leaf blades.  Native to most of the eastern half of the United States and usually found on prairies, bluff ledges & both mesic & dry upland forests.  Good for shady areas where you'd like some ground cover.
Carex brevior   Shortbeak sedge
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun/part shade   Zones 3-10   Family: Cyperaceae
Generally low growing sedge for dry open areas.  Native from Canada to Mexico.  Small fruits appears mid summer.
Carex bushii   Bush's sedge
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Full Sun to part shade   Zones 5-8   Family: Cyperaceae
Bush’s sedge grow 24-36” in height with reddish brown showy flowers. Moist to wet soils, this sedge should be planted in mass for a good effect.

Carex buxbaumii    Buxbaum's Sedge
$8.00 Quart 
Arkansas native
Sun to  part shade   Zones 6-10    Family: Cyperaceae
Buxbaums sedge has short creeping rhizome and is found in fen, pond edges & other wetlands. BIRDS & Butterflies
Carex cephalophora    Capitate Sedge
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Shade   Zones 3-9    Family: Cyperaceae
Shady & fairly dry .... A good groundcover, Capitate sedge doesn’t even get a foot tall and tolerates most soils types. An alternative to lawn grasses. Average to dry conditions.
Carex cherokeensis    Cherokee Sedge
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Arkansas native
Shade   Zones 6-10    Family: Cyperaceae
Shady & fairly dry .... Cherokee sedge can handle it after being established although you will find it where it is quite damp. Deep green fine leaf blades makes neat clumps, spreading slowly. BIRDS & Butterflies
Carex comosa    Longhair sedge / Bristly sedge
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun/part shade  Zone: 4-9 Family: Cyperaceae
Also known as bottlebrush sedge, Carex comosa grows between 1 1/2 and 4 feet tall along margins of creeks, ponds, sloughs & lakes.  The fruit is eaten by many waterfowl as well as swamp and tree sparrows & other songbirds.  Thanks to Theo Witsell for this seed which came from Grassy Lake.   Wetland species!
Carex crinita  Fringed sedge
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun/part shade  Zones 3-10  Family: Cyperaceae
Plants with short creeping rhizomes which form dense clumps.  Native to most of the eastern United States going west to MN & Texas.  Generally found in wetlands.
Carex crus-corvi  Crowfoot sedge
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun/shade  Zones 3-10  Family: Cyperaceae
Gray green leaves mark this native sedge - native from Texas to Canada.  Narrow leaves of variable lengths with the texture of the flowers adding interest.
Carex eburnea    Bristle leaf sedge
$SOLD OUT
Arkansas native
shade/morning sun  Z: 2-8 Family: Cyperaceae
Another little known sedge that is so wonderful for those shady areas.  Soft thread-like green leaves form clumps like little porcupines.  At 6-10", this little sedge can be used as a border along pathways & flowerbeds.  Drought tolerant once established.  It can even be grown between rocks in a wall.
Carex festucaceae  Fescue-like sedge
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Arkansas native
Sun/part shade  Zones 3-10  Family: Cyperaceae
Leaves from 1"-12" make nice clumps in moist areas along streams, fens, ditches & wet pastures.  Blooms from May to July.
Carex fissa v. fissa    Hammock sedge
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun to part shade  Zones:(5)6 to 9  Family: Cyperaceae
Hammock sedge grows in shallow waters along the edges of ponds or lakes & in mixed grass prairies and mesic forests.  From 10 to 30 inches, Hammock sedge blooms from May to June.  Thanks again to Theo Witsell for the seed to grow this nice sedge.
Carex flaccosperma    Blue wood sedge 
$8.00 quart 
Arkansas native
Shade to morning sun  Zones 5-8  Family: Cyperaceae
This is beautiful!  Wide glaucus blue leaves form a strong clump.  Excellent for dappled or bright shade & drought tolerant once established.  Not aggressive.   BIRDS & Butterflies
Carex franki  Frank's sedge
$8.00 Quart    
Arkansas native
Sun to part shade  Z: 4-9  Family: Cyperaceae
Frank's sedge is cespitose - which means it is not rhizomatos.  (doesn't spread by rhizomes)  Another wetland species, excellent for waterfowl and little fishes hiding places.  1 - 2'. 
Don't regret growing old -- it's a privilege denied to many.  -unknown
Carex gracillima  Graceful sedge
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Arkansas native
Sun to shade  Z: 3-9  Family: Cyperaceae
Open woods is where Graceful sedge is usually found.  Deep green narrow leaves make nice clumps under dedcidusous trees. Birds use seeds & leaves.
Carex grayi    Gray's sedge
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun/part shade  Zones 5-9  Family: Cyperaceae
Gray's sedge (AKA Morning Star sedge) has greenish seed pods that are reminiscent of spiked clubs. While Gray's sedge grows quite well in full sun in moist & fertile soil, it does quite well in high shade. Native to mid & eastern United States.  I saw it growing naturally along the Little Red River here in north central Arkansas.   BIRDS & Butterflies
Carex hirsutella    Fuzzy Wuzzy Sedge
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Light shade  Zones 3-9  Family: Cyperaceae
Fuzzy Wuzzy sedge is found in uplands woods, savannahs & glades that are mesic to slightly dry. Turkeys, cardinals, towhees, some sparrows & juncos feed on the seedheads. 12 to 24 inches is usual height.
Carex hyalinolepis  Thin scaled sedge
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Arkansas native
Sun to part shade  Zones 6-9  Family: Cyperaceae
My good friend, Russell Studebaker shared this wonderful native sedge with me - a wetland species that is happy in the water or at the water's edge.  Tall (24" or more) blue green narrow leaves are very attractive.BIRDS & Butterflies
Carex hystericina    Bottlebrush Sedge
$8.00 Quart 
Arkansas native
Sun to part Shade   Zones 3-9   Family: Cyperaceae
Bottlebrush sedge is native to most of the United States and is found in wet meadows, along creeks, streams & rivers.  Plants are from 1' to 3'.  Excellent for naturalizing.  Bottlebrush sedge is good for erosion control & streambank restoration.  . BIRDS & Butterflies
Carex joorii  Cypress swamp sedge
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
  Shade to partial sun  Z: 5-10 Maybe colder Family: Cyperaceae
Carex joorii makes large clumps and blooms & makes fruit in the summer.  In the wild it usually grows in sites that are flooded during the winter and spring, so it is tolerant of standing water during that period.  BIRDS & Butterflies feed on this.  Clump forming sedge.
Carex lupalina  Common hop sedge
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Arkansas native
  Shade/pt sun  Z: 4-9  Family: Cyperaceae
Hop sedge is native to all the eastern half of the U.S. plus most midwestern states and is found in wet woods & swamps.  Height 2-4'.  Many birds feed on these seeds.
The sedges made it with no problems! staff have done an excellent job in packaging the plants. I know you must hear this over and over, but your nursery is awesome! I can't get over how excellent your plants are. I've been disappointed before by the nurseries with the glossy catalogs and crappy plants. Thanks for your dedication to restoring the earth with superb plants, it is making a difference. Good luck with all of your plants and the work you and your staff do is greatly appreciated!
 Neil F. S. Dakota

Carex lurida   Shallow sedge
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun to part shade  Zones 3-10    Family: Cyperaceae
This occurs commonly along spring branches, small streams & pond border & Ranges from Florida to Texas & north to Maine, & Ontario. quarts.
Carex molesta  Troublesome sedge
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun/part shade  Z: 3-8  Family: Cyperaceae
Evergreen sedge that reaches about 3' at maturity.  Moist soils.  Flowers & fruits in early summer, just in time to feed hungry ducks & other waterfowl.
Carex muehlenbergii  Sand sedge
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Morning sun - open shade  Zones: 3-9  Family: Cyperaceae
An excellent sedge for shady areas - dark green foliage 1 to 2'.  Turkeys, and various songbirds feed on the fruits
Carex muskengumensis  Palm Sedge
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Arkansas native
Sun/part shade  Z: 4-9  Family: Cyperaceae
Reaching 20 to 36 inches, Palm sedge makes a nice show in the water garden.  Fans of leaves give rise to its common name - Palm sedge.  Again, Palm sedge provides crucial habitat for little fishes and other critters.
Carex pensylvanica
 $8.00 Quart  
Arkansas native
  Shade/morning sun Zones 4-8   Family: Cyperaceae
Very fine leaves are the hallmark of this low growing native sedge. Perfect for average to dry deciduous woods.  Slowly spreading it makes a very good groundcover. BIRDS & Butterflies
Carex rosea  Curly styled sedge
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Arkansas native
Shade / morning sun  Z: 4-9  Family: Cyperaceae
A lovely woodland clump forming sedge with very fines leaves that get six to twelve inches tall.  Drought tolerant once established.
Carex scoparia  Pointed Broom Sedge
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Part shade  Z: 3-9  Family: Cyperaceae
Habitat includes wet ditches, fens, marshes and prairies.  Pointed Broom sedge provides seed for various waterfowl and some songbirds, as well as larval food plants for various skipper butterflies.  1 1/2 to 2 1/2 feet tall.  Seed thanks to Theo Witsell.
Carex shortiana  Short's caric sedge
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun/part shade  Z: 4-9  Family: Cyperaceae
Reaching 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 feet tall, Short's sedge becomes quite showy in early summer with its chocolate colored spikelets.  Many caterpillar species use carex as a larval food plant.
Carex sparganioides  Bur Reed sedge
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
   Shade to part sun  Z:3-8  Family: Cyperaceae
Bur reed sedge is native to most of the easter & central states in the U. S.  At 12-40:, this sedge is found in both wet areas & dry.  Thanks to the Shaw Nature Reserve for these seeds.
Carex squarrosa  Squarrose sedge
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun/part shade  Z: 3-9  Family: Cyperaceae
Wetland species the rises one to two feet with fruit to feed waterfowl & leaves that shelter tiny fishes & frogs.
Carex stipata  Owlfruit sedge
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Native
Sun/part shade  Zone 3-9  Family: Cyperaceae
Owlfruit or Awl-fruit sedge has wide leaf blades, grow 2 to 3 feet tall & is happiest in wet soils or standing water.  The seed of this sedge makes up 25% of the diet of the Swamp Sparrow.  BIRDS & Butterflies
Carex stricta  Tussock Sedge
$8.00  Quart
Arkansas native
Sun/pt shade  Z: 4-8  Family: Cyperaceae
Tussock sedge makes dense 'tusssocks' of straw-colored leaves at the base with bright green new growth emerging above this base.  Often found in shallow waters along creeks and streams with the foliage above the water while the roots are submerged.
Carex suberecta  Prairie Straw Sedge
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun/part shade  Zones 3-8 Family: Cyperaceae
Prairie Straw Sedge is another wetland species found in Fens, calcareous sedge meadows, lake shores & wet prairies.
Carex texensis  Texas sedge
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Arkansas native
Shade/pt sun  Z: 5-10  Family: Cyperaceae
Also known as Catlin sedge, this lovely little sedge is perfect for between stepping stones or outer border of shade gardens.  While not liking deep shade, Texas sedge does not like afternoon sun, particularly in the southern zones of its habitat.  BIRDS & Butterflies
Carex tribuloides  Blunt Broom Sedge
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun/pt shade  Z: 3-9  Family: Cyperaceae
Blunt broom sedge grows from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 feet tall, is another wetland species that is rhizomatous & colony forming.
Carex typhina  Cat tail sedge
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun to part shade Z: 3-9  Family: Cyperaceae
Obligate wetland species.  Seed from St. Frances Sunkens Lands.  Thanks to Brent Baker.    Birdfood fishcover
Carex vulpinoides  Fox sedge
$8.00 Quart 
Arkansas native
   Sun/pt shade  Z: 3-9  Family: Cyperaceae
Native to most of the United States, Fox sedge reaches about 2 feet - found in wet meadows & along streams.  Seed head have bristles reminding one of a fox's tail.
Chasmanthium latifolia    River oats / Fish-on-a-pole grass
$8.00 quart   $12.00 3 quart
Arkansas native
Sun to shade  Zones 5-9      Family: Poaceae
Syn: Uniola latifolia. Also known as sea oats, this outstanding native grass is often found used in flower arrangements for it dangling sea heads. In the sun it needs a good bit of moisture, but it will grow happily in dry shade. Sometimes it tends to seed around a bit so you may want to clip the foliage in late winter. BIRDS & Butterflies !

Chasmanthium latifolia 'Little Tickler'   River oats / Fish-on-a-pole grass
$12.00 3 Quart 
Arkansas native
Sun to shade  Zones 5-9      Family: Poaceae
Syn: Uniola latifolia.  'Little Tickler' is a selection of River oats that is shorter than the species, reaching 18 to 24 inches instead of the 3-4' which is the normal height.. BIRDS & Butterflies !
Danthonia spicata  Poverty grass
$8.00 Quart    
Arkansas native
Sun/shade  Z: 3-9 Family: Poaceae
Also known as Poverty oat grass, this grass is very tolerant of poor rocky soils & drought.  At the base of the plant, the leaves are curly & make a distinctive clump as time goes by.  Height about 12".  Deer resistant. BIRDS & Butterflies   Rain Garden plant.
Diarrhena americana   American beak grain
$8.00 Quart      
Arkansas native
 Sun/shade  Zones: 4-8  Family: Poaceae
Dark green arching foliage grows 2-3'.  Excellent groundcover for wooded areas, will grow in dense shade and tolerates dry soils and will grow under black walnut trees.  Seed source: Newton County, AR.
Diarrhena obovata     Hairy beak grass
$8.00 Quart      
Arkansas native
Shade/part shade Z: 3-9  Family: Poaceae
Dark green arching foliage remains green into winter.  Will hold soil on shaded slopes.  Rain garden.  Birds
Dichromena colorata  White Star Sedge
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Arkansas native
Sun/pt shade  Zone: 7-10  Family: Cyperaceae
An unexpected pleasure when you see this sedge bloom as it does not look likfe the ordinary sedge bloom - but rather looks as if a white star shaped flower is at the top of the blades.  A nice species for your pond, along creeks or in low moist areas.  White star sedge has 3-5" bracks colored white surrounding the actual flower.  Height: 1-2'. 
Synonym:  Rhynchospora colorata. BIRDS & Butterflies
Elymus canadensis    Nodding Wild Rye
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun/shade  Zone 3-10  Family: Poaceae
Also known as Canada wild rye, this cool season bunch grass can become aggressive in some situations, spreading by seed. Generally it is 2 to 4’ in height & has lovely arching seed heads.
Elymus churchii    Church's wild rye
$10.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun/shade  Zone 6-8 at least  Family: Poaceae
I am very pleased to be able to offer Church's wild rye to you, thanks to Theo Witsell!   Elymus churchii (Church's wild rye) is a beautiful native grass endemic to the Interior Highlands (Ozarks, Ouachitas, and uplands of the Arkansas Valley.) that was first described in 2006.  It is known in the wild only from Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri and occurs in dry, rocky soils of glades, open woodlands, on ridgetops, bluffs, and river banks.  It looks similar to bottlebrush grass (Elymus hystrix) but has attractive curved awns and grows in full sun & dry sites!
Elymus glaucus ssp. mackenzie  Blue Wild Rye
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Open shade  Z: 5-9  Family: Poaceae
A very delightful grass that is usually found on limestone outcrops  Large inflorescenses on each stalks remind you of a bottlebrush.   BIRDS & Butterflies
Elymus hystrix  Bottlebrush grass
$8.00 quart
Arkansas native
Shade/pt sun  Z: 5-9  Family: Poaceae
Bottlebrush grasses has attractive seedheads that rise 3 or 4 feet in late summer while the leaves stay fairly low.  Usually found in upland forests & glade margins.  Quite drought tolerant.
Elymus riparius  Riverbank wild rye
$8.00 quart
Arkansas native
Shade/pt sun  Z: 3-10  Family: Poaceae
Riverbank wild rye is a cool season grass which means it greens up earlier and does its best growing in the spring & early summer as opposed to bluestems, switchgrasses & others that barely poke up their heads before summer. 2-4’ Riverbank wild rye grows best in lightly shaded mesic or moist conditions.

 
Elymus villosus  Silky wild rye
$8.00 quart
Arkansas native
Shade  Z: 3-9  Family: Poaceae
Silky wildrye, also known as hairy wildrye, is an attractive, fairly common grass which gets 30” to 40” tall, It is found in woodlands in moist to fairly dry fertile conditions.
Eragrostis hirsuta    Bigtop love grass
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Arkansas native
Sun to pt shade  Z:5-9  Family: Poaceae
Another carefree low growing native grass with large inflorescences that look like mist on a summer day.  Very drought tolerant - used by ground nesting birds & some butterflies.
Eragrostis spectabilis     Purple love Grass
$8.00 quart
Arkansas native
Sun/part shade  Zones 4-9  Family: Poaceae
Purple love grass is a very showy native American grass that is a clumping low growing jewel for the garden. Native from Arizona to the east coast, north to Maine & south to Florida.  BIRDS & Butterflies !
Eragrostis trichodes    Sand Love GrassPhotos
  $8.00 quart 
Native
Sun/light shade  Zones 5-9  Family: Poaceae
this native grass gets 1 - 2' tall & the blooms emerge in July. The nodding panicles almost obscure the foliage.  Another grass I think may be in Arkansas but just not reported as it is in Missouri, Oklahoma & Texas. BIRDS & Butterflies
Glyceria arkansana  Arkansas Manna grass
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun to pt shade  Zones: 5-9  Family: Poaceae
Usually found on floating islands. Thanks to Brent Baker for this seed. Excellent fish cover for tiny hatchlings.
Glyceria septentrionalis  Floating manna grass
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun to pt shade  Zones: 2-9  Family: Poaceae
 Floating manna grass is an important waterfowl food. Excellent fish cover for tiny hatchlings.
Gymnopogon brevifolius  Shortleaf skeleton grass
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun to pt shade  Zones: 6-9  Family: Poaceae
 A small grass – usually 6 to 8” – likes dry to average well drained soils. Very delicate – would be overrun by vigorous plants, although it should grow well with pussytoes, woodland iris, even columbines.
Juncus effusus   Soft rush
$10.00 3 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun to pt shade  Zones: 2-9  Family: Juncaceae
With roots that go deep, this  wetland species with spiky dark green leaves,  holds the soil which makes it ideal for wetland restoration or stormwater management.  Excellent fish cover for tiny hatchlings.
Muhlenbergia capillaris  Pink muhly grassPhotos
  $8.00 Quart  
Arkansas native
Sun to part shade  Zones 7-10 at least   Family: Poaceae
This grass doesn't impress one too much until late summer when the tops explode with cloud-like heads of pinky-purple.  This show lasts a long time thru fall. 
 BIRDS & Butterflies
Muhlenbergia capillaris alba   White muhly grass
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Arkansas Native
Sun to part shade Z: 7-10  Family: Poaceae
The white flowers make a distinctive showing in the fall.  Also drought tolerant.
Muhlenbergia lindheimeri  Lindheimer's muhly
$8.00 Quart
Texas native
Sun  Zone 7-10  Family: Poaceae
Lindheimer'smuhly is a lovely choice of ornamental grass that makes an excellent substitute for Pampas grass - 1st, it is native, 2nd, it isn't invasive & 3rd, it is not so wickedly dangerous to hands.  It grows 18 to 30 inches tall & blooms in the fall.  Drought tolerant once established, this muhly grass does need good drainage.
 
 
Panicum virgatum   Switch grass
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun/part shade Zones 2-9  Family: Poaceae
This native switch grass can have a lot of variablity because it is seed grown.  Arkansas seed source.
Panicum virgatum "Cloud Nine"
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Arkansas native
Sun/part shade      Zones 2-9  Family: Poaceae
Panicum "Cloud Nine" is a much larger grass than P. "Heavy Metal". Both are planted in a clay bank that doesn't receive much supplemental moisture & Cloud Nine is probably 15" taller than P. Heavy Metal. It is an outstanding ornamental with a soft blue green color. One of the most popular grasses here at the nursery. BIRDS & Butterflies
Panicum virgatum  'Dallas Blues'ppaf Switch grass
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Arkansas native
Sun  Zones 2-9  Family: Poaceae
A fine selection of our native switch grass.  Very wide leaves with intense blue coloring. BIRDS & Butterflies
 
Panicum virgatum "Heavy Metal"
$12.00 3 quart
Arkansas native
Sun/part shade.    Zones 5-9.  Family: Poaceae
This cultivar of a native grass is most beautiful. I have grown it in the garden for about 5 years. It has not been invasive. A blue gray foliage is very stiff & upright, then the blooms are like a mist floating about the 4' stalks.  BIRDS & Butterflies
Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'  Switch grass
$8.00 Quart    $12.00 3 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun  Zone 2-9  Family: Poaceae
'Northwind is another excellent choice for a tall upright grass that does not become invasive through seeding around or growing by leaps & bounds.  Reaching 4 to 6 feet with blue foliage and light airy flowers, Northwind stays nice most of the year.  Do not fertilize.  Very adaptable to soils, wet or dry.  Cut the old foliage back to about 4 to 6" in late winter before new growth appears.  BIRDS & Butterflies
Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Sky'  Switch grass
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun  Zone 2-9  Family: Poaceae
I find 'Prairie Sky' to be less stiffly upright than 'Northwind'k having a more relaxed appearance.  The foliage is quite blue in color ripening to a luscious bronze in the fall.  You may expect the height to reach from 4 to 6 feet. Do not fertilize.  Very adaptable to soils, wet or dry.  Cut the old foliage back to about 4 to 6" in late winter before new growth appears. BIRDS & Butterflies
Panicum virgatum 'Ruby Ribbons'pp17944   Switch grass 
$12.00 3 Quart 
Arkansas native
Sun      Zones 4-9  Family: Poaceae
 Ruby Ribbons is a hybrid selection of our native switch grass.  Plant in average soil - plant & almost forget.  Don't water (except to establish or in extreme drought) or fertilize!  Cut back old foliage in February or March.  Ruby Ribbons gets 3 1/2 to 5 feet tall.  BIRDS & Butterflies
Panicum virgatum  'RS' Switch grass 
 $8.00 Quart    $12.00 3 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun/pt shade  Zones 3-10  Family: Poaceae
A customer from Mississippi brought me this switch grass when he came to visit several years ago.  I planted it in a fairly dry, poor area at the nursery  and it has shown itself worthy of introduction.  Wide leaves of a very blue shade, 5 to 6 feet tall here in poor soil - it would probably reach 8 or 9 feet in good soil with more moisture.  BIRDS & Butterflies
Schizachyrium scoparium 'Blaze'  Little Bluestem'
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun/part shade  Z: 4-9 Family: Poaceae
This selection of our native bluestem grows to about 15" in height and is invaluable for xeric planting.  Once established little bluestem is a real drought buster!  Blaze has very red fall color & as winter proceeds, the foliage fades to deep pink.
Schizachyrium scoparium 'Prairie Blues'  Little Bluestem
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun/part shade  Z: 4-8  Family: Poaceae
Consistent grey-blue, ribbon-like foliage reaches a height of 36 to 40 inches with a spread of about 20 inches.  As fall nears, the foliage begins to take on colors of red and orange.  Prairie Blues thrives in hot dry areas.  Don't fertilize or plant where it will recive too much water - you will not be happy with the result as it will not be nice & upright.
Schizachrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' ppaf  Little Bluestem
$out
Arkansas native
Sun    Z: 4-8 Family: Poaceae
The selection of our native little bluestem is lovely, very blue and perhaps a bit more relaxed in habit. 
Schizachyrium scoparium "The Blues"  Little bluestem
  $12.00 3 Quart size
Arkansas native
Sun/part shade  Zones 4-10  Family: Poaceae
The little Bluestem is a magnificent grass. The color of the leaves in spring & early summer is a steely blue with a trace of khaki in the stems. As late summer arrives, the flower plumes shoot up & the entire plant begins to take on colors of pink & russet tones. I believe this is my absolute favorite grass. Zones 4-10 maybe colder.  BIRDS & Butterflies
Schizachyrium scoparium  Little Bluestem
$8.00 Quart  .  Also in plug trays & 32 trays - inquire
Arkansas native
Sun/pt shade Z: 4-9  Family: Poaceae
We grew these plants from seed, therefore you will get some diversity of height & color.  Little Bluestem is one of my favorite grasses - delicate yet tough.  Please don't fertilize or give good soil - it won't appreciate it.  Height 18-24".  BIRDS & Butterflies
Schoenoplectus pungens  Chairmakers bulrush
$8.00 Quart  
Arkansas native(native to entire US)
Sun/pt shade Z: 2-10  Family: Cyperaceae
Native Americans used this rush to for making baskets. Paiutes used the seeds to make a flour. While Chairmakers bulrush must be in wetlands at least part of the year, it can tolerate periods of drought when water levels drop. Thanks to the Shaw Nature Reserve for this seed. BIRDS & Butterflies, dragonfiles, & others
Scirpus cyperinus    Wool grass
$10.00 2 Quart size
Arkansas native
Sun to light shade    Zones 3-10     Family: Cyperaceae
Once again, Larry Price is the culprit in bringing this to our catalog.  I'm so pleased to be able to offer this wetland species.  It has outstanding blooms which dry beautifully and can be used in arrangement.  It drys to a nice terracotta color.  Wetland species   BIRDS & Butterflies
Scirpus georgianus  Georgia bulrush or common bulrush
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun/part shade   Zones 3-10  Family: Cyperacea
Wetland species.  Native to most of the eastern United States, Georgia bulrush can give a nice vertical accent for your water garden or large pond.  Usually from 2' to 5' depending on culture.
Scirpus pendulus   Nodding Bulrush
$10.00 2 Quart size
Arkansas native
Sun to partial shade    Zones 3-10     Family: Cyperaceae
Another wetland species for food & protection. Food for waterfowl, protection for the tiny fishes, naaids, tadpoles & other small critters. Nodding bulrush grows 2 to 3 feet in height. Although Nodding bulrush is happiest in organic soils, you may find it where the soil is poorer & possibly even rocky, as long as it is wet. With this said, it may be found in more mesic conditions where the soil is good. BIRDS & Butterflies, dragonflies, and more
Sorghastrum elliottii   Slender Indian Grass
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Arkansas native
Sun to shade    Zones 6-10     Family: Poaceae
Slender Indian Grass grows from 12” to 30” and less than a ½ inch wide & attracts birds by providing nesting materials early & seed to eat late. It will grow in most soils from dry to average or moist if well drained. It is more tolerant of shade & less moisture than Sorghastrum nutans. With its shorter stature, Slender Indian Grass is more appropriate for meadows to plant between the forbs and legumes. Flowers are an arching panicle 7 to 12 inches.
Spartina pectinata    Prairie cord grass
$8.00 Quart      
Arkansas native
Sun /pt shade  Zones 3-10. Family: Poaceae
Native from Maine to Oregon & south to North Carolina, then west to Arkansas & Texas. This is an aggressive grass when planted in wet situations & can be used to stabilize pond banks or streambanks. Otherwise in wet conditions, it should be planted in a container. About 4 years ago, I planted prairie cordgrass in a clay bank near the pond. It has not been aggressive as the area is dry. BIRDS & Butterflies
Sporobolus compositus   Rough dropseed
$8.00 Quart     Also available in trays of 32 liners
Arkansas native
Sun/pt shade  Zones 3-9  Family: Poaceae
Rough dropseed, aka composite dropseed reaches 2 to 5’ and turns purplish in the fall before turning tan for the winter. Seed eating birds relish this grass’ offering. Rough dropseed will grow in most soils and has a high tolerance to drought.
Sporobolus heterolepsis   Prairie dropseed
$8.00 Quart    $12.00 3 Quart Size
Arkansas native
Sun/pt shade  Zones 4-10  Family: Poaceae
How many favorites do I have in the native grasses? It's hard to say as I write I picture this one in my mind & then that one in my mind. I must say that last summer we went to Tulsa to a tour of wildlife habitat gardens. In one of the slides, I have a picture of prairie dropseed combined with purple coneflowers & orange milkweed which I would say was one of the most beautiful compositions of plants I'd ever seen. The prairie dropseed was used as a border plant as it's small & cascading.   BIRDS & Butterflies
Sporobolus wrightii 'Windbreaker'   Big Sacaton
$8.00 Quart  
Native
Sun  Zones 5-9  Family: Poaceae
Big sacaton was bred by the USDA-NRCS to be used as a windbreak. Tolerant of highly alkaline and saline soils, and can tolerate poorly drained soils and seasonally flooded areas. The plant is native to the Southwestern US and is found in open areas, such as rocky slopes, plateaus, and mesas. At 7 to 8 feet in height with a spread of 6-8 feet, this grass certainly makes a statement.
Stipa tenuissima  Hair grass
Syn: Nasella tenuissima
$8.00 Quart
Native
Sun/pt shade  Zones: 7-10  Family: Poaceae
A low growing cascading grass that is pretty much carefree and is a bright green throughout the growing season & softens to a lovely tan in the winter.  Not much seeding around that I've noticed.  In researching this grass I find a large disparity in what is listed as hardiness.  In colder areas than Zone 7, I would definitely be sure that it was planted in well drained soils. BIRDS & Butterflies
Tridans flavus v. chapmanii Chapman's Purpletop
$8.00 quart
Arkansas native
Sun/part shade  Zones 4-10  Family: Poaceae
Chapman's purpletop is a more refined version of the more common purpletop.  It has tufts of hairs at the nodes & the flowers are held out horizontally instead of drooping.  Another common name for this plant is grease grasss - not a very pretty name but I find it remarkably interesting that if you take the flowering panicle in your hand and pull it through your fingers, you get this sensation of oiliness which apparently give rise to the common name.  Purple top gets 2-4' tall in flower, while the grassy foliage stays low.  Another grass I like!  Host plant for the wood nymph butterfly.  Happiest in a shady woodsy setting. BIRDS 
Tridans flavus v. flavus Purpletop
$8.00 quart
Arkansas native
Sun/part shade  Zones 3-10  Family: Poaceae
A grass that may be used for forage and provides excellent cover for lots of small animals & birds. Several skipper species host on purpletop. 3’ average to dry soils.
Tridens strictus  Longspike tridensPhotos
$8.00 Quart    
Arkansas native
    Sun    Zones 5-9   Family: Poaceae
Flowers reach about 30".  I just love this grass when in flower - long spiky heads hovering above the low foliage. If you are thinking to plant a meadow, be sure to alot some space for longspike tridens. Native to all of the south & most of the middle states from Kansas to Pennsylvania.  It is suitable for dry to medium wet well drained soils & tolerates a wide range of soils including heavy clay. 2-4'    BIRDS & Butterflies
Tripsacum dactyloides 'Bumpers'   Eastern Gamma grass
$Out
Arkansas native
Sun/part shade  Zones 4-9  Family: Poaceae
This native grass is being studied by botanists & other scientists as they believe it is an ancient relative of corn.  With purple stigmas (female flowers) & orange stamens (male flowers), this grass is quite showy in bloom with good fall color.  Reaching 4-8 feet with a 4-6 ' spread, Eastern Gamma grass is not for the front of the border.  Quite drought tolerant once established, it  however benefits from afternoon shade in the south.  BIRDS & Butterflies
Avoid nurseries that desecrate the environment by digging up thousands of wildflowers each year to send by mail to customers unwilling to admit complicity in the vandalism. 
From - The Opinionated Gardener by Geoffrey B. Charlesworth.