Lawn Alternatives - The Arboretum
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Turf lawn

Cool season grass – dormant in warm seasons
Cool season grass mix   Heavy traffic
Warm season grass – dormant in cooler seasons
St. Augustine Grass Stenotaphrum secundatum Heavy traffic

Turf like

Blue Grama Bouteloua gracilis Moderate traffic
California Field Sedge Carex praegracilis  Moderate traffic

Ground covers

Lippia nodiflora Moderate traffic
Silver carpet Dymondia margaretae Light traffic
Yarrow Achillea millefolium ‘Paprika’ Moderate traffic


Native California wildflower meadow mix
Yarrow Achillea millefolium ‘Paprika’ Moderate traffic

Blue grama grass

Bouteloua gracilis

Grows well in both full sun and partial shade, green in the summer and dormant during the cool season. Tolerates moderate foot traffic. Popular in the shortgrass prairie of the Great Plains, it enjoys a range of well-drained soil types.

Blue oat grass

Helicotrichon sempervirens

A cool season grass enjoying full sun, tolerating heat, it is an evergreen perennial that grows up to 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Grows best in dry soils, as it can rot when heavily irrigated.

Meadow sedge

Carex praegracilis

Native to North America, meadow sedge can grow up to 12 inches tall. Prefers full sun to light shade, needs some summer moisture, but overall it is tolerant to drought, poor soils, temperature extremes, and foot traffic.

Purple Needlegrass

Nassella (Stipa) pulchra

Grows about 18” tall and 12” wide, this perennial bunchgrass has showy purple heads and tough deep roots good for preventing soil erosion.

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