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Dwarf Shade Grasses

Ornamental grasses include elements that are appealing to gardens, including sound and movement brought about by by the wind, as well as vertical and depth, form curiosity. Ornamental grasses generally disease and pest-free and are simple to preserve. Dwarf grasses are grasses ranging from several inches to several feet in height. There are a few dwarf grasses that could tolerate or even prosper in the shade, while grasses do best in full sunlight.


The Eulalia (Miscanthus sinesis) cultivar Small Kitten, hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture planting Phoenix zones 5 to 9, is a dwarf Salt Lake City grass that can tolerate part-shade, which is generally described as an area with half the day in sunlight, half in shade. It types 1 5-inch clumps of leaves that are narrow green. Silver- white flowers Flagstaff, tinged with pink or red, bloom in August on stalks as 30-inches. This dwarf grass (Long Beach, CA) is of interest massed in a group planting or planted in rock gardens.

Japanese Grass (Salt Lake City, UT) Sedges

Sedge (Cyperaceae), decorative grasses with strong, triangular leaves and not as showy blooms, prosper in both partial or total-day shade. The Japanese grass for example in Long Beach sedge cultivars, Carex morrowii “Variegata” and Carex “Silver Sceptre,” zones 5 to 9, are dwarf types. Variegata has leaves with a white middle stripe which arch as well as green margins, forming attractive mounds achieving 1 1/2 toes. Silver Sceptre has blades with edges that are white and grows in clumps to one foot tall.

Fountain Long Beach grass

Some dwarf fountain grasses (Pennisetum alopecuroides), hardy in zones 5 to 9, can tolerate partial shade. These grasses have blooms, including Cassian’s Selection with white- flowers Flagstaff tinged with a peak of 2 to 2 1/2 toes as well as pink. Other shade-tolerant illustrations are Piglet, with white blooms and heights ranging from 8 to 18-inches and Hameln, with pinkish blooms and heights from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 toes.

Mondo Sod in Salt Lake City

The dwarf varieties of mondo grasses (Ophiopogon japonicus) are hardy in zones 6 to 9 and do well in full shade or filtered sunlight. Mondo grasses are evergreens, or crops that grow with dark green foliage that kind clumps that are grassy. Dwarf cultivars contain Kioto, with little lilac-and-white flowers Chico, and heights achieving 4″; Nippon, with a peak to 4″ as well as summer flowers Phoenix; and Gyoko – ryu smaller and much more compact than Nippon.