A tough native warm season grass producing large airy red/purple panicles with gracefully drooping spikelets in August & September creating a purple haze effect, leaves almost 1.5’ long, grows from basal fans, looks great in flower arrangements, butterfly host plant (Common Wood Nymph [Ceryonis pegala], Little Glassywing [Pompeius verna], and others), provides cover for wildlife, tolerates poor and/or rocky soil, sand & clay.
Plant Hardiness Zones: 4b-10b
Other names: Red Top
Native Range: VT to NB, south to s FL & TX
Germination - Easy: Cold Stratify 8 weeks
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