'Cape Breeze', with an upright habit and compact size, shows off in summer and fall with airy, amber seed heads that are produced earlier than other Panicums. Birds love the seed, cover, and nesting material it provides. Superb when massed, it's also a host plant for many native butterflies.
Native birds love its abundant seed
Compact, upright habit is perfect for massing
Easy care with great fall landscape interest
Drought and salt tolerant once established
A host plant for many native butterflies
An essential larval host for most banded skippers and satyrs
Thrives in a wide range of conditions
Attractive in dried flower arrangements
Stunning when planted in groups
Prairies and open woods of nearly all of the US with the exception of the west coast states.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America MAP KEY: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Clumping grasses, like 'Shenandoah', are known as bunch grasses. Use them in groups mixed with meadow shrubs to provide an ideal wildlife habitat. This kind of layout provides protective cover, quality nesting areas, food and open travel lanes.
Prefers average, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Adaptable to a wide range of soils, including dry ones, but prefers moist, sandy or clay soils. Cut back clumps to the ground in late winter to early spring.
Mature Size: 24-36" Tall x 20-24" Wide
Hardiness Zone: 4-9
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Choosing the Right Plants
American Beauties Offer Solution Based Plant Collections to Help you Choose
Quick Tips for Choosing Plants:
Planting a variety of native trees, shrubs, perennials and vines increases biodiversity and gives wildlife a source for food, cover and nesting
Choose a mixture of deciduous and evergreen trees so birds and other wildlife will always be able to find shelter
Plant trees and large shrubs where they will block winter winds from the house and shade it in summer, that will save energy and lower your carbon footprint
Try your best to buy plants that were grown locally, your independent garden center will be your best bet
Think about ultimate height and width of the plant you choose, make sure it will fit the space you have for it when it's reached maturity
Plant nectar plants in groups, to attract butterflies and other beneficial insects more easily
Ask for help if you need it. Most garden centers either have a landscape designer on staff or they can give you a reference of a designer that is adept at native plant wildlife gardening. There will be upfront costs but they are small when compared to having to redo a landscape that wasn't what you really wanted
Our Plant Tags Hold the Secrets to Success
Choosing the right plants for your garden can seem like a daunting task but we’re here to help. Our horticulturists have spent a considerable amount of time researching and writing our beautiful, American Beauties plant tags to help you be successful. First of all, when you see an American Beauties branded pot at your garden center you can be confident that the plant is native to your area and a responsible choice.
When you look at our tag you’ll find information about the plants natural habitat. That will give you a clue to how it will work in your backyard. For instance if the plant is naturally founded and moist, shade and you have full sun, it’s not the plant for you. The “Features” section gives you an overview or plant description so you’ll know what to expect. While the “Benefits” section talks about the plants strong suits and how the plant will benefit wildlife.
A Special Note About Exposure
Full sun:Prefers six or more hours of direct sunshine a day Partial shade:Thrives in three to six hours of daily sunshine Shade:Generally does well with less than three hours of sun per day. Having said that even shade loving plants will struggle in extremely deep shade.