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Grass and Bamboo: Hardy (zone 4B) grasses, Overwintering less hardy

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McGregor, IA
(Zone 4b)

October 11, 2011
9:54 AM

Post #8845004

I would like to grow more varieties of grasses than I do. Many ornamental grasses say zone 5 hardy.
I have had much luck with Miscanthus Purpurensis (Flame Grass), this is sometimes called zone 5 hardy but grows well in zone 4B. If I would try planting some of the other miscanthuses, would it help to add a mulch to the area?
What about the ones that are often sold as annuals such as purple foxtail - could this be overwintered in a barely heated garage?
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 19, 2011
4:43 AM

Post #8855108

I would say yes. I have overwintered nasella tenuissima (formerly called stipa), a tender grass, several times. It doesn't bloom in cold climates until the second year.

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Rosemount, MN
(Zone 4b)

June 18, 2013
8:08 PM

Post #9564435

Has anyone had luck growing muhly grass in zone 4b?

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