Hoffman Nursery, Inc.  

Rougemont,  NC 
United States

Welcome to Hoffman Nursery on the MANTS Business Hub. With this virtual format, we’re trying new ways to connect with you. To get started, check out the videos, press releases, and products here on our profile.

During the show dates (Jan. 6-8, 2021), we hosted grass chats and virtual visits using Zoom. We had a fantastic time, and we've recorded most of those sessions. We're prepping the recordings and will be posting them over the coming weeks. Please check back here and keep an eye out for our emails and on social media for details.

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About us:

Located in central North Carolina, Hoffman Nursery specializes in ornamental and native grass liners for the wholesale trade. We grow over 140 different species and cultivars of grasses, sedges, and grasslike plants. Our customers include large wholesale operations, public gardens, municipalities, retailers, and landscape contractors across the U.S. and Canada. Since our founding in 1986, the nursery has expanded to include a state-of-the-art greenhouse and production facility and over 60 cold frames and hot houses.

Our offerings include appealing North American natives, favorites from around the world, and unique selections. Browse our catalog and see our selections online

We Grow Good Grass!®


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 Press Releases

  • Rougemont, NCOver the past two and a half years, Hoffman Nursery, Inc. has been transitioning from growing our liners in breakaway trays to using plug trays. Our customers have asked for them, and the plug trays reduce waste and improve the production process. Across the grasses we grow, some varieties are slow to root or root inconsistently. Those crops required more time to finish, and they had to be sorted before shipping. Our solution is to use a new product called a Growcoon.

    The Growcoon is a biodegradable web with an open net structure. It goes inside each cell in the plug tray before we fill it with growing media. As the plant roots out, the Growcoon binds the root ball together and provides structure for the roots to continue growing. We’ve found it grows a fantastic liner and, in some cases, has finished faster.

    If you receive liners with Growcoons, you can plant them directly into a pot or in the ground. There’s no need to loosen or remove the net structure.

    Growcoons begin to break down when you plant them and will continue to break down throughout the growing process. They are biodegradable and are certified organic in the European market.

    Check out the FAQs below to learn more. You can also find more detailed information on the Growcoon website at growcoon.com.

    Growcoon Frequently Asked Questions

    What is a Growcoon?

    It’s a biodegradable web with an open net structure. It binds the root ball together and creates structure so that the plant’s roots can continue growing freely.

    Do I need to loosen or remove it before transplanting?

    No. In fact, leaving the net structure in place provides real benefits for handling and transplanting.

    What are some of the benefits of Growcoons?

    • Fewer losses. The Growcoon holds the root ball together without damaging the roots, so the liner is more resistant to handling and less likely to fall apart in transplanting.
    • Quick removal from the tray. The Growcoon makes it easier to press the plug out from underneath.
    • More uniform liners, which increase your efficiency in handling, transplanting, and finishing.

    How quickly does it break down?

    Once in contact with substrate, micro-organisms such as bacteria and molds gradually break down the material. The speed of this decomposition process is influenced by the temperature, humidity, and pH of the substrate. We’ve had reports of customers being able to see pieces of the Growcoon months after transplanting, especially when overwintering. But they’ve reported no adverse effects, and said the liners were healthy and continuing to grow well.

    Why don’t all my liners have Growcoons?

    We started using Growcoons with varieties that are slower to root or tend to root inconsistently. That’s where we saw the most opportunity for improvement. Now that we’ve seen how well they work for those plants, we’re using them on more. It's a gradual process, so customers may see a mix—some varieties with Growcoons and some without. We’ll continue to evaluate their success and make decisions based on what’s best for our customers and the plants.

  • Our core purpose at Hoffman Nursery is to promote better living through plants. We feel this purpose is more pertinent now than ever. We always believed in the connection between plants and the well-being of people, creatures, and our planet. Today, research shows that exposure to the natural world benefits human beings in more ways than imagined. Parks and playgrounds, public gardens, and other green spaces give us opportunities to explore, dream, and experience the joy of being outdoors. Our 2020-2021 Catalog of Grasses honors these spaces, along with the hope and joy they give to us all.

    This issue's cover image comes from the Sassafras All Children’s Playground in Raleigh, North Carolina. You will also find more photos of the playground throughout this year’s catalog. It’s a beautiful, vibrant place in our community that’s full of perennials, bulbs, grasses, and self-seeding annuals. But these plants aren’t just pretty—they are vital to the well-being of our communities.

    This catalog is packed full useful charts, bigger photos, and updated content. Browse plant profiles, compare cultivars, and choose the right selections for your program or next project. Here is a quick glimpse of what it offers:

    • Green Infrastructure Information and Chart. This section covers the most common green infrastructure projects that use plants in their design. Includes grasses, sedges, and rushes that perform well in project conditions.
    • Quick Guides help you decide which grasses and sedges will work for your site, location, and design.
    • Cultivar Comparison Charts help you sort out the different cultivars. These guides cover the most popular genera we carry: CarexPanicumMiscanthus, Pennisetum, and Schizachyrium.
    • Plant Descriptions give you a glimpse of every plant we grow, with photos, descriptions, and quick facts.
    • New Plants for 2020-2021. A new Little Bluestem (Chameleon Little Bluestem) and a fresh selection from the EverColor® series (Everglow Sedge) add pops of color to this year’s lineup.
    • Custom Grow. Because our plant list can change year to year, you might be missing one of your favorite plants. If you do not see a size or plant you need, check out our Custom Grow page for a short list of plants we can grow upon request.

    Hard copies of the catalog were mailed late July. If you didn't receive a hard copy, you can request one here. For our online fans, you can access an electronic version of the catalog on our website at hoffmannursery.com/view-catalog

    Thank you for your continued support of Hoffman Nursery. Wishing you happiness, safety, and good grasses for 2021!


  • Chameleon Little Bluestem
    Our newest Little Bluestem rocks the native grass world with its gorgeous stripes and changing colors. It's available for the first time in the U.S. through our nursery and promises to be a best seller....

  • Schizachyrium scoparium 'Chameleon' PP31339

    Join our "Chat with the Breeder" session on Thursday, Jan. 7 at 2:00 pm EST to hear Thierry Delabroye talk about his selection. Get info and link to join here 

    Gorgeous stripes and changing colors elevate Chameleon Little Bluestem to glamour status. Bright white and green stripes adorn the leaves in early spring and summer. In late summer and fall, blades develop a flush of pink and light purple, giving it a rich, lush look. It has a compact habit (2’ tall) that fits in any garden. ‘Chameleon’ was discovered in Hantay, France by Thierry Delabroye as a chance seedling in a trial field planted with seeds of S. scoparium ‘The Blues’. This unique cultivar is available for the first time in the U.S. through our nursery. 

    Propagation prohibited without license.

    Quick Facts: warm season, green/white variegated foliage; 1.5’ height, 2’ with blooms; sun; dry; flowers early fall; Zones 3-9; species origin: North America 

    For more images, growing tips, and info, go to our online plant profile.

  • Everglow Sedge
    A striking new selection from the EverColor® series. This snazzy sedge offers a winning color combo. Crisp, green foliage sports creamy white margins in spring and summer. The edges develop an orange tint in fall and winter, for a warm, overall glow....

  • Carex morrowii EverColor® 'Everglow' PP30466

    See our "Chat with the Breeder" session with Pat Fitzgerald here 

    Another fabulous EverColor® sedge from Irish plantsman, Pat FitzGerald. This series has produced award-winning best sellers, and this C. morrowii cultivar looks to continue that streak. A Gold Medal winner at Plantarium 2018, ‘Everglow’ offers a fantastic color combo. Crisp, green foliage sports creamy white margins in spring and summer. The edges develop an orange tint in fall and winter, which gives it a warm, overall glow. It arose from a self-crossing of C. morrowii ‘Fisher’s Form’ in 2015. The foliage resembles long-time favorite, C. morrowii ‘Ice Dance’ with a color bonus! It stays in a neat, upright, easily controlled mound and does not run like ‘Ice Dance’.

    ‘Everglow’ is evergreen wherever it’s hardy and has an upright, attractive shape that is fantastic in containers and color plantings. It also makes a stylish ground cover in part-sun to shady conditions. The breeder lists it as hardy to −13° F (−25° C), which would be Zone 5b. Because we don’t split zones, we’ll keep it as Zone 6 for now.

    Propagation prohibited without license.

    Quick Facts: cool season; green-cream variegated foliage; 1.5’ height; sun-shade; moist; flowers late spring; zones 6-9; species origin: Japan

    For more images, growing tips, and info, go to our online plant profile.

  • Karl's Cousin® Big Bluestem
    The newest addition to our native grass lineup, this Big Bluestem cultivar has a tight, upright habit and lush foliage color. It stands tall and stays there. Blue-green foliage turn shades of purple-blue as the season progresses....

  • Andropogon gerardii Karl's Cousin® ('Nondhwr')

    See our "Chat with the Breeder" session with Dave MacKenzie here 

    Described as the ‘Karl Foerster’ of Big Bluestem, this exciting native cultivar was selected in the wild by Dave MacKenzie of Hortech. He chose it for its tight, upright, architectural habit, and discovered its coloration was a beautiful bonus. Basal foliage starts out green-blue, with stems, leaves, and flowers turning shades of purple-blue as the season progresses. Its narrow, upright habit makes it easy to pair with other plants and fit into tight spaces. It carries all the resilience and versatility of the species.

    Quick Facts: Warm season; green-blue foliage; 3.5’-4.5’ height, 6-7’ with blooms; sun-part sun; dry-average; flowers midsummer; zones 4-8; species origin: North America

    For more images, growing tips, and info, go to our online plant profile.

    We'll have a small crop available for July 2021, so reserve your plants now! Call 800-203-8590 or email our sales team.

  • Purple Tears Switchgrass
    A standout Switchgrass selection from renowned plantsman and designer Piet Oudolf. It's a fantastic addition to the New Perennial Movement and Dutch Wave palettes....

  • Panicum virgatum 'Purple Tears' PP28518

    See our "Chat with the Breeder" session with Piet Oudolf here 

    Renowned plantsman and designer Piet Oudolf brings us a Switchgrass that’s destined to be a classic. He discovered this delightful selection of our native species in a nursery plot in Hummelo, Netherlands. Panicum virgatum ‘Purple Tears’ bears flowering spikes with soft gray color at the top, followed by splendid, purple seed heads. With a manageable height of 4’, its narrow, upright habit make it perfect for a range of landscape applications. It has the same toughness and adaptability you’ll find in other Switchgrass cultivars.

    Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ is the most likely parent based on appearance and proximity in the growing area. But whereas ‘Shenandoah’ has dark green foliage that develops red-orange color, ‘Purple Tears’ offers a lighter green color that persists across the season. Its purple seed heads, gray-tipped flowering spikes, and graceful habit stood out for Oudolf in his garden.

    We are happy to be the first nursery in the U.S. to offer Panicum virgatum ‘Purple Tears’. Capture some of the magic Oudolf and his designs bring to landscapes with this exciting, new Switchgrass.

    Licensed through Future Plants, asexual propagation without permission is prohibited.

    Quick Facts: warm season, green and gray foliage; 3’ height, 4’ with blooms; sun-part shade; dry; flowers late summer; Zones 4-10; species origin: North America 

    For more images, growing tips, and info, go to our online plant profile.

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