Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 4-7 (10) ft Width: 3-5 ft
Flower Color: green
Fruit Color: brown
Noted for: Interesting foliage
Recommended Uses: Sunny garden where a large, clumping grass is an asset. Noted for silvery-blue foliage that turns bronze in fall.
Considerations: If used in a garden, too much water, shade, or fertilizer can cause it to get top-heavy and fall over.
Propagation: Division of clumps, seed.
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: adaptable
Larval host for the Delaware skipper (Anatrytone logan)and the dusted skipper (Atrytonopsis hianna). Provides cover and seed for many species of songbirds.
Native Habitats: Flatwoods, prairies.
Distribution and Planting Zones
Map is based on minimum winter temperatures
Suitable to grow in:
Ethnobotany: The grass is favored by livestock and so has become much rarer than when there was only seasonal bison grazing.