Zone Map 5-10

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
  • Shade Tolerant
  • Bioswales/Vegetated swales


  • Growth rate: medium
  • Will grow well in any size pot; in general, pot 50s in 1 gallon, 32s in 2 gallon and 18s in 3 gallon
  • Grow in well-drained soil
  • Water needs: keep dry to moist, not wet
  • Fertilizing: use a slow-release, medium-rate fertilizer
  • Possible pests: root aphids, spittlebugs
  • Overwintering: very hardy; do not overwater in winter; if left outside monitor water carefully
  • This grass will turn yellow when lacking nutrients. Be sure to monitor salts. If necessary, apply iron or micronutrients.

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


  • Native plant that handles dry shade
  • Adaptable to most growing conditions from deep shade to full sun and dry to wet
  • Very easy to grow and maintain
  • Because of its adaptability, it can be planted in abandoned areas as well as in gardens
  • Unique seed heads are great in flower arrangements
  • Use in masses, borders, backdrops or as a tall ground cover

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