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A warm season ornamental grass which typically grows in graceful, spreading clumps from 2-3' tall and as wide. Features narrow, medium to deep green leaves (to 1/2" wide) in summer, changing to golden yellow in fall and fading to beige in late fall.
Min. USDA Hardiness Zone:
Easily grown in average, medium to wet soils.
Eastern Asia to western Australia
Western state native:
Narrow, medium to deep green leaves (to 1/2" wide) in summer, changing to golden yellow in fall and fading to beige in late fall. Foliage usually remains attractive throughout the winter.
Predominant flower color:
Showy, silvery to pinkish-white, bristly, bottle brush-like flower spikes arch outward from the clump in late summer like water spraying from a fountain (hence the common name). Flower spikes turn brownish as the seeds form, and spikes usually persist unt
Fall Color Description:
Changing to golden yellow in fall
Winter Interest Description:
Fading to beige in late fall. Foliage usually remains attractive throughout the winter.
Grasslands, open woods
Used by Wildlife:
Cut back the foliage to about 4-6 inches in the spring before growth resumes. When foliage is removed, spring growth will begin earlier. Old foliage left on the plant can delay the crown's warming and subsequent growth by as much as 3 weeks.
Grasses do not need to be cut down before winter. In fact, they are attractive when left standing and the foliage helps to insulate the crown of the plant.
May not be reliably winter hardy throughout USDA Zone 5 where it is best sited in a protected location.
Long Term Care:
Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.
No serious insect problems.
No serious disease problems.
Tolerate: Drought, Erosion, Wet Soil, Black Walnut, Air Pollution
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system.
OSU Landscape Profile:
LBJ Native Plant Database:
Missouri Botanical Garden Database:
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