Dense fountain-shaped clumps of green leaves rise to 2-3′; thin flower stems rise another 2-3′ in late summer and fall. Overall effect is both graceful and sculptural. This very adaptable grass stays greener with occasional summer watering, but tolerates drought. It can be found in nature in seeps as well as in dry canyons. Dried stems were
traditionally used for basket-making by indigenous people.
Native to California and the Southwest
Leaves to 2′, fl. stems to 4-5′
Sun to part shade
Moderate to little watering
Hardy to 0 degrees F.
Space 3′ or more
Useful for naturalizing. Dried flower stems create attractive winter silhouette.