Add texture and beauty to any container display with these Best Ornamental Indoor Grass varieties. Pick the best ones from this article!
Grasses are just not limited to meadows anymore, some of them are prized for their aesthetics and grown in containers for their architectural appeal! Moreover, it’s becoming a trend to grow them indoors, which is why we’ve selected 9 Best Ornamental Indoor Grass varieties that you can grow as a houseplant.
Check out our article on Ornamental Grasses for homes & gardens here
Best Ornamental Indoor Grass
1. Fiber Optics Grass
Botanical Name: Scirpus cernuus
Height & Spread: 8-12 inches
This is one of the best low-growing ornamental grass with bright green foliage. This fine-textured specimen also grows small flowers! The plant is toxic if ingested.
Keep it on a south or west-facing window or door that receives partial to full sun.
2. Umbrella Plant
Botanical Name: Cyperus alternifolius
Height & Spread: 12-24 inches
Not exactly a grass, but it does look like one. The tall stems of the plant grow attractive looking leaflets, which look like an open umbrella with pointy ends, giving it a grass-like appearance.
You can grow it in bright shade. Being a pond plant, it prefers constant moisture.
3. Japanese Sweet Flag
Botanical Name: Acorus gramineus
Height & Spread: 10-12 inches tall
This ornamental grass naturally grows in boggy, wet places in Japan, Korea, and other east Asian countries. It also gives off a very sweet smell, which intensifies when the plant is crushed.
Does well in full sun to full shade. Make sure not to let the soil dry out completely!
4. Blue Fescue Grass
Botanical Name: Festuca glauca
Height & Spread: 10-14 inches
The plant has gorgeous blue-gray foliage, which has a very fine texture. The porcupine-like blades make it one of the most striking ornamental grass you can grow indoors!
To keep the foliage in the best of its color, place it where the plant gets bright sunlight!
5. Corkscrew Rush
Botanical Name: Juncus effusus ‘Spiralis’
Height & Spread: 12-18 inches
Noted for its dark green foliage with upright, spire-like green stems, the plant looks quite striking in containers. It also grows yellow-green to pale brown flowers.
Avoid watering the foliage as it can cause leaf rot.
6. Baby Bamboo
Botanical Name: Pogonatherum paniceum
Height & Spread: 12-18 inches
It definitely looks like a baby bamboo, and if you love bamboos and want to grow them in small pots, grow this one.
Pick a location where the plant can bask in the morning sun.
7. New Zealand Flax
Botanical Name: Phormium
Height & Spread: 18-24 inches
The sword-like foliage can be a focal point in containers as the plant looks quite charming with its narrow, upright, dark red-brown leaves.
Mix some perlite or pumice in the soil for the best growth.
8. Spider Plant
Botanical Name: Chlorophytum comosum
Height & Spread: 12-36 inches
Not a grass by any means, but the leaves of the plant do resemble one! It is also a great air-purifying plant and offers several other benefits too!
Here’s all you need to know about growing Spider Plant
9. Orchard Grass
Botanical Name: Dactylis glomerata
Height & Spread: 4-6 inches
Though not exactly an ornamental grass, it can be a great addition in a small pot if you’re a cat owner as they love to nibble on it!
It will grow great in well-draining, moist soil!
What’s the name of the plant in the smaller pot, bottom half of photo of no 7 New Zealand Flax?