Zone Map 3-9

Growth Cycle

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


  • Native to North America
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Erosion control
  • Green Roofs
  • Lawn Alternatives
  • Meadow/Prairie Plantings


  • Growth rate: medium
  • Grow in 1 or 2 gallon containers
  • Grow in well-drained soil
  • Water needs: keep evenly moist (on the dry side)
  • Fertilizing: use a slow release, slow-medium rate fertilizer
  • Possible pests: has no major pests, occasional aphids
  • Overwintering: do not over water

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


  • A unique-looking native grass
  • Appealing “hovering” seed heads
  • A conservation-friendly lawn substitute (can be mowed occasionally)
  • Excellent when placed between rocks
  • Good height to use as a foreground plant
  • Adds fine texture to landscape
  • Plants grow best in full sun and dry conditions; very drought tolerant
  • Tolerates poor soil

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