More compact, slightly stiffer and definitely smaller than the species, this upright fine textured dwarf cultivar was selected by astute nurseryman Roy Diblik. ‘Tara’ is a tough warm season grass, which forges a tasteful vase-shaped green foundation beneath the exquisite wispy gathering of numerous minute pinkish purple inflorescences on slender stems. Mature, round seed heads drop to the ground, hence the common name, while narrow foliage blazes red and orange for autumn. Enticing birds and gardeners, especially those who have limited space, heat tolerant Dwarf Prairie Dropseed can assort with Echinacea, Monarda or Nepeta in borders and meadows or on slopes.
Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 3.
Considered the most urbane of the American prairie grasses, ‘Wisconsin Strain’ parades early reliable blooms plus a sublime fountain-style presence. The grand misty floral froth hovers well above an upright arching 1 to 2 ft. tall hummock of finely cut, soft-looking emerald green leaves that turn opulent burgundy, gold or burnt tangerine hues in autumn then blanch to light copper in winter. Savored by birds and once ground into flour by Native Americans, countless tawny colored seed heads arise from minute ethereal-like pink and brown-toned inflorescences, wafting a unique cilantro spiced popcorn aroma. This versatile slow growing grass requires minimal care, braves an array of soil types and relishes moist fertile sites, though tolerates drought once mature.
Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.
Originally bred by New Mexico’s Los Lunas Plant Materials Center to be a utilitarian non-woody windbreak, this enormous grass pleasantly surprised everyone with its majestic bearing plus spectacular blonde and bronze-colored fluffy flower spikes.
Strap-like medium green foliage boldly forges a sturdy upstanding foundation, touted as the largest of all native American grasses. Possessing a versatile, non-invasive practicality unlike the Victorian era’s Pampas Grass, ‘Windbreaker’ makes a top-notch choice for a living fence, hedgerow or an awe-inspiring ornamental specimen in a mixed border.
Size: 7' 0" – 10' 0" high x 6' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.