Warm season bunchgrass. Leaf blades are blue-green in summer turning reddish in fall. In summer, soft, reddish-purple flowers appear. Eventually this inflorescence breaks off and floats around like a tumbleweed. Self-seeding – yay! More plants!
Prefers sandy or gravelly loams in hot, dry locations. Tolerates infertile, sandy and poor soils in full sun. Drought tolerant. Performs poorly in rich soils with poor drainage.
Native grasses provide cover and food for songbirds, nesting material/structure for native bees, and are larval host plants.
Height: 1-2 ft.
Spread: 1-2 ft.
Sun: full sun
Bloom time: July to August
Bloom: bronze red/purple
Water: dry to medium
photo credit: North Creek Nurseries