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Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Strongly alkaline (8.5 – 9.0)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 12 to 24 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Pink to reddish-purple.
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Cut Flower
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Toxicity: Other: Dried seedheads are toxic to grazing animals.
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Days to germinate: @ 2 to 3 weeks.
Depth to plant seed: Sow seed on damp soil surface and lightly cover. Keep at warm temperature of @ 70F.
Pollinators: Wind

Taken at local forest preserve.

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Posted by lauribob (N Central Wash. - the dry side - Zone 5b) on Apr 29, 2021 11:19 AM

A short-lived perennial clumping grass that is often grown as an annual, but self-seeds readily. It prefers some moisture, but is somewhat drought tolerant. It is also tolerant of alkaline soil. It should be sited carefully and watched for aggressive naturalization, depending on conditions, as the seed heads are toxic to livestock.

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Grass ID by clintbrown Aug 26, 2014 2:41 AM 6
Salt tolerant plants by eclayne Oct 10, 2020 8:42 PM 133

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