Typical perennial grasses include broomsedges (Andropogon virginicus and its allies) and locally Muhlenbergia
virginicus, Deschampsia flexuosa, Muhlenbergia
The grassy habitats occur mainly in the openings within the upland juniper/oak and plateau live oak/midgrass associations where the principal grass species may be either native (little bluestem, Schizachyrium scoparium; silver bluestem, Bothriochloa saccharoides; sideoats grama, Bouteloua curtipendula; muhly grass, Muhlenbergia
Native perennial grasses recorded included (in order of decreasing abundance): Aristida purpurpea (purple threeawn); Leptochloa panacea (mucronate sprangletop); Muhlenbergia
porteri (bush muhly); Bouteloua rothrockii (Rothrock's grama); Dasyochloa pulchella (low woolygrass); Heteropogon contortus (tanglehead); Pleuraphis rigida (big galleta); Aristida ternipes (spidergrass); Bothriochloa barbinodis (cane bluestem); Bouteloua repens (slender grama); Setaria vulpiseta (plains bristlegrass); and Tridens muticus (slim tridens).
Other locally common native grasses that are relatively tolerant of disturbance include Panicum anceps, Muhlenbergia
capillaris, Paspalum floridanum and Setaria parviflora.
Also, for regular water and full sun, consider the shorter muhlenbergia
capillaris with its delicate puffs of pink in the autumn (to 3 feet tall), or the imperata cylindrica rubra (Japanese blood grass) that grows about 18 inches and turns brilliant red at the tips.
An arrangement of feathery festucas, Muhlenbergia
capillaris (pink hair grass), Miscanthus sinensis (Japanese silver grass), Pennisetum setaceum ``Rubrum'' or red fountain grass and smaller varieties such as common blue fescue will allow you to create a magical landscape that moves with the wind where a still, monotonous lawn used to be.
sedges; Elymus canadensis, Canada wild rye; Ageratina altissima, white snakeroot; Muhlenbergia
We can't resist the deep pink plumes of Muhlenbergia
capillaris 'Regal Mist' (pink muhly grass) that glow in the setting sun.
Two of Dungan's favorites are the perennial grass Muhlenbergia
lindheimeri and red-leaf Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea').
scorpioides, wolftail Lycurus phleoides, and muhly grass Muhlenbergia
SC/NM 4 N P W F Leptoloma cognatum (Schultes) Chase SC 4 N P U SuF Muhlenbergia