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Sporobolus airoides
Sporobolus airoides

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Zones 1-24, 28-41
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Regular WaterMinimal Water
Moderate, Minimal

Sporobolus airoides

Alkali Sacaton Grass
Poaceae (Gramineae)
Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants


Graceful, fine-textured, clumping grasses that are as tough as they are good-looking. Deep-rooted and drought tolerant; excellent for massing in hot, dry areas and effective in meadow gardens, mixed borders, naturalized areas, rock gardens, even by swimming pools. Plume-like flower heads appear in summer and fall. After they fade, tiny seeds drop to the ground; hence the common name. These plants tolerate a wide range of soil conditions.

Sporobolus airoides

Nataive from South Dakota and Missouri west to eastern Washington, south to Mexico from 2,500 to 6,500 ft. elevation. Foliage clump grows 3 ft. high and wide; leaves are grayish green during growing season, yellow in fall, beige in winter. At bloom time in summer or fall, showy, erect or arching flower plumes increase plant height to 5 ft.; plumes are pinkish, eventually fading to pale straw color. Extremely tough, deep-rooted plant. Good grass for alkaline conditions.

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