Light green foliage forms a loose, open mound in the landscape that gives rise to tall, thin flowers stalks in August bearing a fine textured cloud of pinkish seed heads that put on quite a show. Even the foliage turns a bronzy red as the season cools. It thrives in sandy soils and is easy to grow. Irresistable texture for the late summer garden.
Crucial to the life of many butterflies
Native songbirds love the seed
Very drought tolerant
Easy to grow and maintain
Superb late landscape color from seed and foliage
Native from Maine to Minnesota, south to Florida and Arizona. Found on sandy or disturbed sites, plains and open woods.
Grasses are important in your wildlife garden. They are often host plants for butterfly and skipper caterpillars. Birds benefit from the seed and many other small animals, use the plants for cover and for nesting material.
From the Greek eros (love) and agrostis (grass).
Tolerates infertile, sandy and poor soils in full sun and is drought tolerant. Spreads slowly by rhizomes and self seeds. Cut foliage to the ground in early spring before new growth occurs. Use in perennial borders,mass plantings, as a specimen or groundcover in open areas.