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Sporobolus airoides

Alkali Sacaton Grass

Community: Semi-Desert

Brief Description

Magnificent and feathery grass makes impact as low-water ornamental.

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  • Impressive Tall Grass
  • Summer Active Growth
  • Pinkish Seed Heads
  • Lovely en Masse

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Plant Description and Details

A warm-season bunchgrass, Alkali Sacaton Grass has a soft-focus, fine-leaved base clump. As the summer goes on, airy seedheads rise above the leaves, stretching up to 6 feet tall. The seed heads are pink-hued and light, creating a decorative lacystrata that lasts until winter snows. Its adaptability to salty, clay, wet or dry soils makes it suitable for many landscapes.

Common Names Alkali Sacaton Grass
Community Semi-Desert
Annual Water Needs 10-15 inches
Drought Tolerant No
Native Range Semi-desert, meadows, hills, throughout western U.S.
Native States CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
Hardiness Down to Zone 4
Exposure Sun
Placement Sentinal grass at gateways, in naturalized mass plantings, as a background or filler in semi-desert shrub plantings.
Mature Height 2 - 4 ft.
Mature Width 36 in.
Group Spacing 3-6 ft.
Blossom Color Gold or Reddish
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 2-3 times deeply the first summer.
Maintenance Tips Has a tendency to die from the center outward after a moderate life-span. Cut to 3" in late winter to revitalize.
Wildlife Birds
Wildlife Notes Nesting, food (seeds), and cover for birds.
Plants Symbol SPAI
Family Name Poaceae
Lewis & Clark No

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