General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 8 - 10 feet
Plant Spread: 6 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: The gray green leaves fade to yellow in the fall and turn beige in the winter. Plants may be cut back in late Winter for fresh regrowth in the Spring.
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Other: blooms on 1 to 2 foot long graceful, upright panicles
Flower Color: Yellow
Other: Wheat
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Will Naturalize
Suitable for forage
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Flood Resistant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Days to germinate: 3 to 4 weeks (21 to 28 days)
Depth to plant seed: 1/8 to 1/4 inch
Other info: 4000 seeds/gram
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Common names
  • Los Lunas Sacaton
  • Giant Sacaton
  • Big Sacaton

  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Mar 8, 2013 2:13 AM concerning plant:
    Introduced by USDA NRCS in 2011 and then commercially by David Salman of High Country Gardens (Santa Fe, NM) in 2013.

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