• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growth to about 5 ft. tall in bloom, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Easy Care Plant
    Blooms:
    Late summer
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Plant type:Ornamental Grass
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 11, 14 - 23
    Growth habit:Narrow
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growth to about 5 ft. tall in bloom, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Blue-green
    Blooms:Late summer
    Flower color:Blue
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleContemporary, Rustic
    Design IdeasGreat upright grass for prairie and meadow gardens or for small patches within a thematic wild gardens. Form makes good choice in rows and grids for modern architecture. Insert into native plant landscapes as well as traditional xeriscape compositions.
    Companion PlantsGroup panic grass with bold American natives such as Oklahoma Redbud, (Cercis canadensis var. texensis 'Oklahoma'), Merlot Coneflower, (Echinacea purpurea 'Merlot'), Indian Summer Black Eyed Susan, (Rudbeckia hirta 'Indian Summer') and Kobold Gayfeather, (Liatris spicata 'Kobold').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in 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
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This plant was once a primary component of the tallgrass prairies of America. Its range covers much of the nation except California and the northwest. Early breeding occurred in Germany and most of the early cultivars originated there. This variety was selected for its blue tint by Roger Gettig of Wisconsin.
    Lore:
    The tallgrass prairie was all but lost when pioneers stripped the plants off its fertile soils for agriculture. Only in pioneer graveyards, never grazed or tilled, do we find this plant community in its original form.