This native grass (a.k.a. Gamma Grass) is becoming increasingly popular among gardeners and it\\\'s easy to see why. Easy to grow and virtually pest-free, this grass is stunningly beautiful with its rich green foliage erupting from fountain-like clumps that will grow to 5 ft in height and 4 ft wide. The leaves are erect up to 6 ft in length and about 1 inch wide. Distinctive flowers appear in late spring (in the deep south) to midsummer and rise above the leaves on slender stems. Gamma grass is evergreen in sub-tropical areas. When exposed to frosts, the leaves assume shades of red and bronze. Severe cold will clobber the leaves and cut the plant to the ground. Gamma grass is native to the eastern United States from New England to Michigan and Ohio then southward to Florida and westward to Texas. Its native habitats include moist areas around lakes and streams, boggy areas, ditches, etc
Fountain grass is a very showy ornamental grass with graceful, arching leaves, and erect or nodding rose-colored flower spikes up to 12 in long. Fountain grass grows in dense, symmetrical clumps that can get 3-4 ft tall and 2-3 ft across with a fountain of feathery plumes flowing out of the foliage. Fountain grass is native to open, scrubby habitats in tropical Africa, the Middle East and SW Asia. It has escaped cultivation and become established in parts of Australia, California and southern Florida. Fountain grass is a decorative yet durable ornamental grass that needs virtually no care once established. It is tolerant of high temperatures, high humidity, high wind, drought, and acidic to alkaline soils, and is pest-free.