Very showy southwestern grass with exotic look and large panicles. This can be one of the substitutes for invasive Miscanthus.
For sun and drained soils.
3-5' tall (6' with flowers) x 3-5' wide clumps. 1-2' long flowers (panicles) persist from midsummer to early winter (warm season grass - flowers in the warm part of the year).
Full sun, half sun, somewhat drained soils with average moisture (medium) to slightly moist (medium-moist) to dry. Average soil that drains well, sandy loam, sandy soil, rocky soil, saline soil, (potentially) dry clay too.
This grass comes from semi-desert areas, but occurs close to desert lakes or marsches, on variety of soils, including clay or soil with high salinity (high salt content), with variable moisture conditions, which brings adaptability, drought, high alkalinity tolerance. In dry soils will appreciate some deep watering during the period of severe drought.
Hardy on zones 5 to 9.
Native to southwestern USA, Texas, Oklahoma and South Carolina, see the BONAP distribution map.
Deer and rabbit resistant. Attracts small birds.
Best for somewhat drained sunny garden, xeriscape, large rockeries, coastal areas, soils with higher salinity. Solitaire grass or combined with other drought tolerant plants or other grasses.
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