• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly in extreme heat; less often, once established.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Tight, upright clumps reach 3 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Colorful Vertical Accent
    Blooms:
    Late Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:PAN-ih-kum vir-GA-tum
    Plant type:Ornamental Grass
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 11, 14 - 23
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Tight, upright clumps reach 3 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Late Summer
    Flower color:Pink
    Garden styleRustic
    Design IdeasThis is the natural native grass of North America, perfectly adapted to wild gardens and un-mowed natural meadows. A very adaptable and effective erosion-control plant in windy areas. Looks good and provides nutritious habitat for birds and small animals around water holes and water gardens. Attaining its lovely wheat coloring in autumn, it looks beautiful against the season's bright reds. Plant as a single clump in beds and borders, but beware of its sprawling habit in later season.
    Companion PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Potentilla (Potentilla); Aster (Aster); Coneflower (Echinacea); Tickseed (Coreopsis)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in lean, sandy to clay soils but tolerates a wide range of moisture and soil conditions. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; tolerates dry spells when established. 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.