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Japanese Stilt Grass #726984

Asked September 26, 2020, 8:36 AM EDT

Is it possible to crowd out Japanese stilt grass with other plants? I would like to plant native grasses to do this. Can you recommend a grass that would grow in part shade 3-4 feet tall that would work?
Thanks

Baltimore County Maryland

Expert Response

Competition with Japanese stiltgrass can be challenging. It would be a good idea to plant a mix of native ornamental grasses, perennials, or shrubs so you do not lose the stand to an insect, disease, or cultural/environmental issue. You did not mention if deer are a problem.

Here are some suggestions.
Northern Sea Oats / River Oat, Chasmanthium latifolium
Bottlebrush grass, Elymus hystrix
Tufted hairgrass, Deschampsia cespitosa
White Wood Aster, Aster divaricatus
Woodland Sunflower, Helianthus divaricatus
 Itea virginica, sweetspire, dwarf cultivars (shrub)

Also, here are our webpages on ornamental grasses, native deer resistant plants, and a publication detailing a longer list of MD native plants with their habitat preferences
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/ornamental-and-native-grasses-landscape
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/deer-resistant-native-plants-list
 https://www.fws.gov/chesapeakebay/pdf/NativePlantsforWildlifeHabitatandConservationLandscaping.pdf

Marian
Thanks so much for the advice, very helpful.
Grace
The Question Asker Replied September 30, 2020, 9:51 PM EDT

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