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This beautiful blue-green bunch grass is a staple of the prairies from Mexico to Canada and is the State plant of Missouri.
It is compact, upright and well behaved, very suited to small areas and a good focal point between other plants in a mixed border.
After the first frost, clumps turn a reddish bronze with fluffy, silver-white seed heads.
Small birds, particularly wrens, love hopping between the stems and it is a larval food source for butterflies.
Best planted in hot, dry, fairly poor soils although it is adaptable and seems to grow very happily in our clay soil with a little added organic material. Deciduous.
Hardy perennial grass (D)
Dry, well drained, poor