- Latin Name-Scirpus Cyperinus Hardy Zone- 4-8 Mature Height-6ft Sun Or Shade- Full Sun
Wool Grass - Scirpus cyperinus
Wool Grass is a type of rush or sedge that is native to eastern North America. This grass blooms in June and July, going from a green to a mature brown color. In general, this kind of grass requires very little maintenance. It is not known for its blooms or flowers, but it is beneficial as a water plant, to naturalize a space in landscaping, or even as a filler in a rain garden. Additionally, these grasses are capable of growing in muddy conditions - a useful fact when trying to manage swampy banks in a garden or along a pond. When in optimum conditions, the grass will spread and proliferate, creating new colonies in a self-sowing process. If desired, the clumps that form may be divided in the springtime to produce a more significant cover. Wool Grass grows in slowly-spreading tussocks that bear arching green leaves and upright flowering stems. Native to wet meadows, sloughs, marshes, swamps, bottomland prairies, the margins of streams and ponds, and other wet areas across North America, this kind of grass is useful for edging bodies of water or for filling low spots in a moist landscape. The soft and woolly appearance these grasses give a garden is a natural and attractive look. This look is maintained even after the growing season has taken a hiatus in the colder, winter months. The foliage does turn yellow to brown color in the fall, but that color quickly revives when the new season begins. Brown bristles with seeds form by late summer, adding to the soft characteristics of the sprawling plants.