Icon Legend

New Plant
New/Featured for 2021

Full Sun
Full Sun

Partial Shade
Partial Shade

Shade Lover
Full Shade

Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Picture Available
Picture Available

Drawing Available
Drawing Available

(PPAF) = Propagation of this plant prohibited without a license.

Hardiness Zone Map


Sporobolus

Giant Sacaton

This somewhat slow growing, yet long-lived North American prairie grass is the queen of refinement, affording grace, fortitude and versatility. A popular attraction for birds and once ground into flour by Native Americans, open lace-like panicles give way to countless seed heads that waft a unique cilantro and spiced popcorn aroma. Prairie Dropseed requires minimal care and once mature, braves drought plus an array of soil types, though it’s happiest in moist fertile sites. 

Spotted in a Wisconsin field by prairie enthusiast Neil Diboll, a trim, tightset green mound launches as many as 100 strong, lanky cardinal-colored culms, which resist the urge to droop. Uniquely displayed at a fairly uniform height, the gauzy reddish flower panicles and innumerable seed heads coupled with a more compact habit set ‘Morning Mist’ apart from other Sporobolus species. This new upright, yet somewhat arching cultivar boasts sturdy good looks, transmutes glowing golden-orange tones in fall and lends a fine-hewn rubescent flair to informal garden settings. (pp#14,344)

 

Blooms August–October

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

<i>Sporobolus heterolepis</i> ‘Tara’

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. 

Blooms August–October

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Considered the most urbane of the American prairie grasses, ‘Wisconsin Strain’ parades early reliable blooms plus a debonair fountain-style presence. Sublime when illuminated by the afternoon sun, a grand misty floral froth hovers well above an upright arching 1 to 2 ft. tall, finely cut emerald-green hummock. Enticements prevail as tiny ethereal-like pink and brown inflorescences mature into copious tawny-colored seed heads, while soft looking leaves turn opulent burgundy, gold or burnt tangerine hues in autumn, later showcasing light copper tones for winter.

Blooms July–September

Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Zone 3/4.

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.

  • Catalog Navigation Menu Top
  • Perennials at Digging Dog Nursery
    • Perennials: Acaena to Anthemis
    • Perennials: Anthriscus to Astrantia
    • Perennials: Baptisia to Cynoglossum
    • Perennials
    • Perennials: Fallopia to Gunnera
    • Perennials: Haloragis to Inula
    • Perennials: Kirengeshoma to Morina
    • Perennials: Nepeta to Pulmonaria
    • Perennials: Rheum to Succisella
    • Perennials: Teucrium to Yucca
  • Ornamental Grasses at Digging Dog Nursery
    • Grasses: Acorus to Deschampsia
    • Grasses: Elymus to Uncinia
  • Shrubs at Digging Dog Nursery
    • Shrubs: Arctostaphylos to Halimiocistus
    • Shrubs: Hebe to Weigela
  • Trees & Vines
  • List by Genus
  • Gift Certificates
  • T-Shirts
  • Gift Cards & Etchings
  • Slideshow
  • Gallery
  • Catalog Navigation Menu Bottom

Latest News

Hot Diggity Dog! Our Website is open for orders!

Welcome back to Digging Dog's Website!

There are a few things we wanted you to know to help us help you receive your plants in a timely fashion…MORE

2021 Digging Dog T-Shirts have arrived!

"The Promise of a Garden"

in Heather Cardinal, Heather Deep Teal , Heather Black & Charcoal

Sizes: M thru XL!

$25…MORE

We are shipping throughout the fall, weather permitting!

We carefully monitor for inclement weather…MORE

Open for curb-side pick up!

Wednesday thru Monday

10 a…MORE

F.A.Q.'s

Are you thinking about contacting us? Please view some F…MORE



Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Our featured plant: Stipa gigantea

Gorgeous Grasses, Fall Shipping, 2021 T-shirts are available!

Acclaimed stars of the late season garden……

ornamental grasses have a lot of merit, presenting superb versatility and easy-care temperaments plus welcome deer resistance. Equally at ease in either formal or informal settings, they make stellar additions to meadows, naturalized gardens and mixed borders, where they can serve as groundcovers, stand-alone specimens or large-scale sweeps. Ornamental grasses are best positioned so their glimmering inflorescences are backlit by the afternoon sun. Imbued with honey, oatmeal, silver and sable hues to smoky rose and violet shades, the graceful blooms lend a mesmerizing kinetic aspect on breezy days. Aside from sprucing up fresh or dried arrangements with long-lasting loft and textural intrigue, many flowers and seed heads supply much-needed nourishment and nesting materials for birds and other wildlife. Striking color, especially in autumn, can be found among the blade-like foliage of Andropogon, Panicum and Schizachyrium, which splash purple, fiery red and tangerine accents, while some Molinia radiate bright buttery yellows. Please be sure to browse our extensive online selections of ornamental grasses. We hope a handful of our grasses will beckon you to dig them into your own garden.

All of us plant and paper wranglers wish you good health and happy digging!  

 

Digging Dog Nursery Right Border