"Blackhawks’ is an exciting new stand-out cultivar grown as a seedling of Andropogon gerardii ‘Red October.’
The upright foliage starts dark green but begins to turn purple in August as nights cool and is nearly black by late September.
Plants grow 4-5 foot tall. PP27,949 awarded on April 25, 2017 to Intrinsic Perennial Gardens, Inc." Missouri Botanical Garden
Great new nativar with extraordinary summer and fall color, also shorter, so more suitable for smaller gardens. Flowers are also darker - burgundy-red. Patented cultivar, propagation is strictly prohibited.
Warm season grass (develops in hot part of the year, sprouts late).
Full sun, virtually any soil, from dry to medium-moist.
It can be slower to establish, but once it does, it's low maintenance grass (just cut back in late winter), and very drought tolerant.
Hardy in zone 4-9, deer resistant. Native grass to most of the USA, except the western states, see the USDA distribution map.
Supports birds, but also native bees and butterflies.
For sunny flower beds, naturalistic gardens, prairies, meadows,very good for erosion control due to it's extensive root system.
Picture copyright : US Perennials nursery
Pot size : square 3.5" x 4" deep pot