Zone Map 3-9

Growth Cycle

Growth Cycle - Warm Growth Cycle - Warm Warm
Bloom: Bloom Season Scale
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  • Native to North America
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  • Notable Fall Color
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Erosion control
  • Meadow/Prairie Plantings


  • Growth rate: medium
  • Grow in well-drained soil
  • Water needs: keep evenly moist; avoid overwatering
  • Possible pests: aphids, leaf spot, spider mites, rust
  • Can be cut back, but do so before midsummer to avoid interfering with flowering.
  • Grow in 1, 2, or 3-gallon containers; leave space between pots to prevent weak growth
  • Overwintering: cold frame with clear poly; keep dry; can overwinter outdoors but water levels must be monitored
  • Fertilizing: use a slow release, slow- to medium-rate fertilizer; avoid over fertilizing, which can cause weak growth, flopping, and reduced resistance to pests

*Note: please adapt these suggestions as needed to accommodate your local conditions.


  • Outstanding color
  • Tolerates drought and infertile, inhospitable soils
  • Native grass that’s shorter and more upright habit than the species
  • With fertile or wet soils, can produce lush growth that flops easily
  • Very cold tolerant (Hardy to Zone 3)
  • Adds refinement and color to ecological plantings
  • Red-burgundy, turkey-foot-shaped seed heads

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