(Schizachyrium scoparium) A clump-forming shorter prairie grass that is good
for erosion control. At one time grew in 45 states
and was the most abundant grass in mid-America.
Thick plants turn a striking orange-red in the fall
and are topped by fluffy silvery-white seed heads.
Provides cover and food for birds. Plants grow 2-3'
tall in well-drained sand and loam. Perennial. Hardy
to zone 3.
In Late Winter or Spring
Green Thumb Tip Sow seeds indoors in warm soil. Plant out after all
danger of frost has passed. Seeds can also be directly
sown into a weed-free seedbed in May or June. Not
recommended for clay soils.