Photo: © Jelitto
This is one of the largest native grasses of the south western states of the USA and when mature is both tall and wide.
The long, narrow, greyish-green blades grow up to a metre or so before arching over.
Golden panicles rise above this spreading foliage from midsummer on stems 1.5 metres tall.
It can become as wide as it is high so be warned and plant accordingly.
Giant Sacaton tolerates heat, drought and alkaline soil, and is able to remain upright under winter conditions that can flatten other ornamental grasses, such as snow, wind and rain.
Provided there is adequate drainage it is hardier than pampas grass and not as thirsty as some of the bigger Miscanthus species. It needs regularly watering until established though. Sporobolus wrightii is a warm-season grass, meaning that it starts into growth once temperatures rise in mid-to late spring. Deciduous.
Hardy perennial grass (D)
Clay, sand, well drained