Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Silver Plumegrass, Fairy Wands

Silver Plumegrass, Fairy Wands

Saccharum alopecuroides (Erianthus alopecuroides)

Full to part sun, medium to moderately dry moisture level, best grown in average sandy or rocky soil (not rich), moderately to slightly acid pH.  5-6 feet height, blooms in fall, spreads by rhizomes.

Germination Code:  ?

Native Region:  Statewide

Warm season.  Grows in damp woods, open areas, and field margins in the southeastern U.S.  Produces a large, rosy copper plume in the fall that fades to a silvery peach.  Somewhat coarse grass. Plants grown in rich soil usually need staking.


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