Zone Map 4-9

Growth Cycle

Growth Cycle - Warm Growth Cycle - Warm Warm
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Late Summer


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


  • Growth rate: medium-fast (faster than Sorghastrum nutans ‘Sioux Blue’)
  • Grow in 1, 2 or 3 gallon containers
  • Grow in well-drained soil
  • Water needs: keep evenly moist, but on the drier side
  • Fertilizing: use a slow release, medium-rate fertilizer
  • Possible pests: aphids, leaf spot, spidermites, spittlebugs
  • Overwintering: cold frame with clear poly, keep dry
  • Avoid over watering and over fertilizing. Both can lead to weak and floppy plants. Can be cut back; readily grows back.

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


  • Lovely, blue-foliaged cultivar of native Indian Grass
  • Adaptable to a wide range of soil and moisture conditions
  • Produces delicate, colorful seed heads in late summer that persist into fall and lend interest to the winter landscape
  • A natural for meadow or prairie gardens and also fits into formal mixed borders and perennial combinations
  • An ornamental choice for soil stabilization
  • A natural for sustainable landscaping

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