Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Bent-awn Plumegrass, Sortbeard Plumegrass

Bent-awn Plumegrass, Sortbeard Plumegrass

Saccharum brevibarbe var. contortum (Erianthus contortus)

Full to part sun, medium to moderately dry moisture level, sandy to sandy loam soils.  5-6 feet height, purplish flowers, blooms late summer into fall.

Germination Code:  ?

Native Region:  Isolated counties statewide

Robust, warm season bunch grass.  Showy, narrow, upright habit with blue-geen foliage turning reddish purple in fall.   The grass is only 2 feet tall, and flower stalks reach 5-6 feet.

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