Zone Map 6-9

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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  • Drought Tolerant
  • Erosion control
  • Meadow/Prairie Plantings


  • Growth rate: fast
  • 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: no major pests
  • Overwintering: cold frame with clear poly, keep dry; can overwinter outside if moisture level is monitored

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


  • An outstanding native grass for mass plantings and erosion control
  • Excellent in containers
  • Produces abundant clouds of airy seed heads
  • Tolerant of dry conditions once established
  • Foliage remains interesting through fall and winter
  • Requires no special attention or fertilizer
  • Does well in sandy soil.
  • Great plant for sustainable landscapes, native plantings, meadows
  • Blue green leaves and airy seed heads work well as a backdrop or foundation for mixed plantings

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