A tough, native grass from North America that once established becomes drought tolerant, road salt and deer resistant.
Definitely one to get in the ground before the inevitable hosepipe ban.
The foliage is a soft light green but the grass is usually grown for the effervescent effect of the flowers which fizz from dark purple to bronze in the autumn.
Despite being as tough as old boots the effect when in flower is quite delicate as the seed heads bounce and reflect the sun's rays like a fountain of water.
Eragrostis spectabilis needs a hot summer to flower well and requires a dry, well drained site in full sun. It will even grow in sand.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Hardy perennial grass (E)
Dry, well drained, sand, poor
Full sun, sheltered