Zone Map 4-10

Growth Cycle

Growth Cycle - Warm Growth Cycle - Warm Warm
Bloom: Bloom Season Scale
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  • Native to North America
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Bioretention/Rain Gardens
  • Bioswales/Vegetated swales
  • Erosion control
  • Meadow/Prairie Plantings


  • Growth rate: medium-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: aphids, leaf spot, rust
  • 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 original grass of the North American tallgrass prairie
  • Extremely tolerant of dry conditions
  • Grows in varied soils (clay, infertile, sandy)
  • Used extensively in mass highway plantings, corporate and municipal landscapes, and anywhere a good-looking, low-maintenance plant is required
  • Produces beautiful clouds of airy seed heads; foliage remains interesting through the fall and winter
  • Requires no special attention or fertilizer (cut back in spring before new growth appears)
  • Great plant for sustainable landscapes

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