Common Name Scientific Name Height Remarks
Bamboo Muhly Muhlenbergia dumosa 3’-6’ Sun/part shade; deciduous; graceful, thin foliage with an arching, cloud-like appearance; although much thinner, its foliage looks similar to bamboo canes.
Basket Grass Nolina texana 2’ Sun/part shade; evergreen; cream-colored plume in spring and summer; beware of sharp leaf edges.
Big Bluestem Andropogon gerardii 3'-6' Full sun; flowers late summer to early fall; seedhead resembles a turkey foot because of its shape and dark color; a Texas native.
Dwarf Fountain Grass Pennisetum alopecuroides 2'-3' Sun; copper colored, bristle-like seed heads; fine textured leaves that have an attractive, golden color in late fall.
Eastern Gamagrass Tripsacum dactyloides 3'-10' Full sun/part shade; stays green most of the year, except in winter when the plant is dormant; leaves are wide and have sharp edges; grows best near river banks and other moist sites; a Texas native.
Gulf Muhly Muhlenbergia capillaris 2’-3’ Sun/part shade; deciduous; stiff, needle-like foliage; soft cloud-looking, purple plumes in fall; a Texas native.
Inland Seaoats Chasmanthium latifolium 3'-4' Part shade/shade; flaunts drooping, wheat-like seed heads.
Lindheimer's Muhly Muhlenbergia lindheimeri 4'-5' Sun/part shade; a fine textured, clumping grass that is attractive as a specimen planting or screen; silvery-green foliage and golden seed plumes in the fall; a Texas native.
Little Bluestem Schizachyrium scoparium 3' Sun/part shade; a clumping grass that appears blue-green in summer and then copper from Oct.-March; has been known as host plant for butterflies; a drought tolerant Texas native.
Mexican Feathergrass Nassella tenuissima 2’ Sun/part shade; deciduous; elegant, wispy foliage; can be invasive; reseeds readily.
Pampas Grass Cortaderia selloana 7' Coarse, full sun, makes good border; attractive, feathery stalks.
Purple Fountain Grass Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum' 4' Purple color, full sun, cut back in winter for best growth. Prone to hard freezes.
Sideoats Grama Bouteloua curtipendula 2'-3' Dappled shade, part shade, full sun; well adapted to thin, rocky soils.
Switchgrass Panicum virgatum 3'-10' Sun, partial-shade, stands out in tall grass prairie by turning a rich gold in fall.