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The huge grass family (Gramineae) includes food and forage grasses such as corn, wheat and oats, sod-forming grasses like Bermuda and St. Augustine, and the ornamental grasses. Ornamental grasses include dainty annuals used as accents in flowerbeds and in dried arrangements, tall perennials that demand attention in beds and borders, and tree-sized bamboos that dominate the landscape. Most grasses can be recognized by their elongated, blade-like leaves with parallel veins.

Scientific Name Common Name(s)
Acorus gramineus Japanese sweet flag
Andropogon gerardii big bluestem
Arundo donax giant reed
Carex appalachica Appalachian sedge
Carex oshimensis Oshima sedge
Carex pendula drooping sedge
Carex phyllocephala palm sedge
Chasmanthium latifolium Indian wood-oats
Cortaderia selloana pampas grass
Cymbopogon citratus lemongrass
Cymbopogon nardus citronella grass
Cyperus involucratus umbrella sedge
Cyperus papyrus papyrus
Festuca glauca blue fescue
Imperata cylindrica Japanese blood grass
Juncus effusus soft rush
Liriope muscari liriope
Lycoris squamigera surprise lily
Miscanthus floridulus giant miscanthus
Miscanthus sinensis Japanese silver grass
Muhlenbergia capillaris Gulf muhlygrass
Muhlenbergia lindheimeri Lindheimer's muhlygrass
Nassella tenuissima Mexican feather grass
Ophiopogon japonicus mondo grass
Panicum virgatum switchgrass
Pennisetum alopecuroides Chinese fountain grass
Pennisetum macrostachyum fountain grass
Pennisetum orientale oriental fountain grass
Pennisetum setaceum African fountain grass
Schizachyrium scoparium little bluestem
Setaria palmifolia palm grass
Sorghastrum nutans indiangrass
Spartina bakeri sand cordgrass
Tripsacum dactyloides gamma grass
Uniola paniculata sea oats
Zea mays corn

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