Zone Map 4-9

Growth Cycle

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


  • Native to North America
  • Notable Fall Color
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Bioretention/Rain Gardens
  • Bioswales/Vegetated swales
  • Erosion control
  • Meadow/Prairie Plantings


  • Growth rate: medium
  • Grows well in a variety of sizes, gallons and up
  • Grow in well-drained soil
  • Water needs: keep evenly moist
  • Fertilizing: use a slow-release, medium-rate fertilizer
  • Possible pests: spidermites, rust, leaf spot, aphids
  • Overwintering: no special needs, do not overwater
  • If cutting back this plant, do so early in the growing season to allow time for new growth to mature
  • This grass can flop if fertilized too much

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


  • Somewhat wide, blue-green foliage, billowing seed heads
  • Extremely drought tolerant
  • Use as accent, background, in masses
  • Requires minimal care in the landscape (cut back in spring)
  • Architectural form—remains upright in narrow vase shape throughout the year
  • Blends well with other perennials, such as Helianthus, Aster, and Baptisia.

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