• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly in extreme heat; less often, once established.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Upright clump of pendant foliage 5 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Plant type:Ornamental Grass
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 11, 14 - 23
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Upright clump of pendant foliage 5 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Blue-green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Red
    Garden styleContemporary
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasA big bold grass to spot into a dull bed or border to add interest and animation. Outstanding generously integrated into wild gardens, meadow edges and prairies. Lush appearance is also suited to modern architecture in masses both irregular and geometric. Drifts and irregular clumps are ideal for rustic home sites.
    Companion PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Potentilla (Potentilla); Weigela (Weigela); Aster (Aster)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in lean, sandy to clay soils but tolerates a wide range of moisture and soil conditions. May flop in overly rich soils. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Forms clumps; may slowly spread by rhizomes. Cut back to the ground in late winter to early spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly in extreme heat; less often, once established.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This species is native to North American prairies, woods and marshes except for California and the west coast. A component of the now lost tallgrass prairie. This cold hardy variety was selected by Ken and Linda Smith of Change of Scenery Nursery in Columbus, Ohio. This cultivar is noted for its superb gray to blue-green foliage, unusually large flower panicles, late flowering habit and rich winter foliage color.
    Lore:
    This grass is a vital component of the American prairie where a wide range of wildlife thrives within its dense thatch and feeds upon the foliage and seeds.