Zone Map 6-9

Growth Cycle

Growth Cycle - Warm Growth Cycle - Warm Warm
Bloom: Bloom Season Scale
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Early Fall


  • New
  • Native to North America
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  • Notable Fall Color
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Erosion control
  • Meadow/Prairie Plantings


  • Growth rate: medium
  • Grow in 1, 2 or 3-gallon containers
  • Grow in well-drained soil
  • Water needs: keep evenly moist-dry; avoid overwatering
  • Fertilizing: use a slow release, low-rate fertilizer; avoid over fertilizing
  • Possible pests: aphids, leaf spot, spidermites, spittlebugs, rust
  • Overwintering: cold frame with clear poly, keep dry
  • Responds well to being cut back
  • Overfertilization may cause weak growth, flopping, and reduced resistance to insects or diseases.

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


  • More compact and tidier-looking than the species
  • Drought tolerant, native grass
  • Showy, white seed heads in fall
  • Beautiful when inflorescences backlit by the sun
  • Blue-green flowering stems develop reddish hues later in the season
  • Low maintenance and tolerant of poor soils
  • Provides food and cover for birds

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