A staple of the short grass prairies of America but often overlooked in cultivation. This is probably due to its diminutive stature.
In a tiny courtyard or a small gravel garden it has a great deal of merit.
It has stiff little flower heads, silvery-white when open that develop into brown seed cases in autumn. These pods are supposed to resemble mosquito larvae hence its common name.
The first frost turns the whole plant purple which fades over winter to a pale straw.
Tolerant of extreme heat and cold this is a dainty little specimen best used as a spot grass amongst smaller plants. Deciduous.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Hardy perennial grass (D)
Well drained, dry, poor