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Full sun, medium to dry moisture level, tolerates a wide range of soils from sandy to clay, tolerates acid to alkaline pH. 3-7 feet height, blooms in fall, yellow flowers, will naturalize both by rhizomes and self-seeding in optimum growing conditions.
Germination Code: A
Native Region: Statewide
Clump-forming, warm-season bunchgrass with blue-green foliage 18-24 inches tall and plume-like bloom stalks up to 7 feet tall. Very attractive with rich gold-and-purple sprays of flowers and seeds in fall. This species was a major grass of the tallgrass prairies of the central and eastern U.S. Tolerates both poorly and well-drained soils. Tends to open up and flop on moist, rich soil. Needs tall companions to help it remain upright. Attracts birds and butterflies.