Zone Map 4-9

Growth Cycle

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


  • Shade Tolerant


  • Growth rate: medium
  • Grow in 1, 2 or 3 gallon containers
  • Grow in well-drained soil
  • Water needs: keep evenly moist
  • Fertilizing: use a slow release, medium-rate fertilizer
  • Possible pests: aphids, rust
  • Overwintering: cold frame with clear poly; do not overwater

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


  • Highly ornamental in the landscape
  • Foliage is attractive both before and after feathery plumes emerge
  • One of the few grasses that blooms in shady areas
  • Complements groundcovers and shade-loving perennials
  • Needs very little care once established; cut back in spring before new growth appears
  • Plumes can be used as cut flowers
  • Deer resistant
  • Works equally well in both formal and casual settings

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