Hey, fans: Sorry to have posted a few errors. It's not a great excuse, but I had 5 writing projects going simultaneously and was a bit cavalier in my fact checking.
For starters, two photos were switched (thanks for the commenter for catching it). The two bad-guy photos are flip-flopped: the first should be Pennisetum and the second Nassella.
As for the Miscanthus grass I showed at Alice might not be 'Morning light'. Randy Baldwin general manager of San Marcos Growers (only the most bitchenest wholesale nursery in the known universe) e-mailed me: "Could be wrong but the image of the plant you are calling Miscanthus 'Morning Light' looks to be M. sinensis 'Variegatus' - leaves appear too broad for 'Morning Light'." Thanks, Randy. He also said that M. 'Cosmopolitan' and 'Cabaret' don't go completely dormant and turn brown, so you don't HAVE to cut them back. But I like refreshing them in the spring anyway and getting all new growth. You have the option.
As for other native grasses, another go-to I use is Muhlenbergia rigens (deer grass). There are some nice ones in the planting strip in the middle of Calle Real west of Patterson, in front of Maravilla retirement community.
And for the comment about buffalo grass, I agree about it's water-thriftiness, but this article was more about ornamental grasses and when used as a turf grass, buffalo doesn't fall in my definition of "ornamental." It's still a boring patch of turf with no diversity, though it could be integrated into a meadow quite nicely.
One more thang - how come so many of you don't cough up some spare change and pay for a subscription to Edhat. I'm working my heart out for ya - get up off the chump-change, folks!