Spodiopogon sibiricus Frost Grass

Spodiopogon sibiricus is a clumping ornamental grass known for its flowers that shimmer when backlit by the sun, a phenomenon caused by the tiny 'hairs' on its panicles. Slim, flat leaves grow upright and then extend horizontally, giving Frost Grass a unique, beautiful, curved structure. Green foliage turns a beautiful deep purple-burgundy in fall. As a specimen plant, in borders, or planted in masses, Spodiopogon sibiricus provides a clean, interesting look. It is great for areas with moist soil and light shade.

  • Shady Areas
  • Notable Fall Color
  • Growth rate: medium
  • Grow in 1, 2 or 3 gallon (grow in any size, but no larger than 3 gallon)
  • Grow in well-drained soil
  • Water needs: keep evenly moist
  • Fertilizing: use a slow release, medium-rate fertilizer
  • Possible pests: aphids, leaf spot, spidermites
  • Overwintering: cold frame with clear poly, do not overwater
  • Avoid keeping plants too wet. Cane be cut back but does not grow back quickly. Avoid cutting back in late June-July as it may not send up flower stalks.
  • Note: please adapt these suggestions as needed to accommodate your local conditions.
  • Blooms catch sunlight for a sparkling effect
  • Delicate, bamboo-like foliage that lends texture and movement to plantings
  • Complements other shade-loving perennials and shrubs
  • Great for patio containers in partially shady locations
  • Not picky about soil type