Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Most Drought-tolerant Waterwise Ornamental Grasses For Utah

Here is a list of some of the best looking ornamental grasses that do very well in Utah and are very waterwise.  These grasses can handle hot and dry locations and they will only need supplemental water during the hottest parts of summer.  From mid-June through August, they will need to be watered deeply every 2 or 3 weeks (or less - you can experiment).

 - Little Bluestem Grass - Schizachyrium scoparium

 - Switchgrass - Panicum virgatum;  several varieties:
Dallas Blues, Heavy Metal, Shenandoah, Cloud Nine

 - Feather Reed Grass - Calamagrostis acutiflora; several varieties:
Karl Foerster Grass, Avalanche, Overdam

Great Basin Wild rye - Elymus cinereus

Atlas Fescue - Festuca Mairei

Indian Rice Grass - Oryzopsis hymenoides

Blue Grama, Mosquito Grass  - Bouteloua gracilis

Overdam - Utah

Karl Foerster Grass - Utah

Indian Rice Grass - Utah

Blue Grama Grass - Utah

Blue Grama Grass - Utah

Atlas Fescue - Utah

Little Bluestem Grass -  Utah

Switchgrass - 'Dallas Blues' - Utah


  1. hey don’t need copious amounts of rainfall or watering to exist and can easily survive extended periods of drought. Synthetic Turf NSW 

  2. So what kind of grass IS the top photo, whose caption is "Overdam Utah"????