A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants
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.