Sporobolus heterolepis 'Wisconsin Strain'
Sporobolus once covered the Great Plains in huge swathes but the race for biodiesel has seen their native home ploughed into oblivion.
A true Prairie native this is an easy, drought tolerant grass that is very tidy in its manner. Fine, emerald green leaves shoot fountain-like from the centre of the plant before arching over and downwards in a cascade.
Stems rise high above the foliage producing a hazy cloud of shimmering flower-heads that sparkle in the dew.
By autumn the whole turns sensual shades of red, gold and bronze before mellowing to a creamy buff during the winter.
It flowers reliably in our northern climate and can grow in partial shade but preferably full sun. Well drained soil is a given. Deciduous.
Photo: © Jelitto
Hardy perennial grass (D)
Silvery, red tints
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