An attractive cool season bunch grass with ornamental rye-like flowers and seedheads, tolerant of clay, sandy soil, and occasional flooding. Excellent species for erosion control. Very attractive in borders, with a tendency to self-seed in place. Seeds are an important wildlife food for field mice and seed-eating birds, and parts of this plant may also be used as nesting material. Host plant for many species of skipper and satyr butterfly, good ornamental grass for rain gardens.
2-4 foot tall
Plant Hardiness Zones: 3a-9b
Native Range: Throughout US, excluding ID, WA, OR, CA, and NV. Also native throughout Canada excluding BC, YT, NT, NU, and NL.
Germination - Very Easy: No treatment required. Surface sow or cover seed lightly.
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