Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker

Los Lunas Form of Giant Sacaton Grass

Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker (Lunas Form of Giant Sacaton Grass) is the largest of all our native grasses growing to enormous size at maturity. Blooming in mid-summer, the flower spikes vary in color from blonde to bronze. This ornamental grass is a drought resistant/drought tolerant perennial plant (xeric). Exclusive.
Zones5 - 9
Deer Resistant
Easy to Grow
Low Maintenance
Cut Flowers
Winter Interest
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
30 to 40" (with care)
Mature Height8-10' tall
Mature Spread6' wide
Bloom TimeSummer
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8-10' tall x 6' wide. Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker Los Lunas form is the Paul Bunyan of our native ornamental grasses, its giant size surpassing even Cortaderia (Pampas grass) in stature. Originally bred for use as a non-woody windbreak in western commercial vegetable fields, Los Lunas Form of Giant Sacaton Grass is larger and has much showier flowering spikes than is exhibited in its unimproved native form. This selection is a great substitute for other large growing Old World grasses that can be invasive. With its spectacular summer-blooming flower spikes, this giant form of Sporobolus can serve as a specimen plant to enjoy or may be planted in a row to create a living fence or windbreak. Cut back old stems to 2-3” above ground-level in mid-spring. Divide every third or fourth year. (Seed propagated.)

Flat of 9 plants will cover 54 square feet when planted together

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Associated SKUsHC016222
HC014293 (Plant - 3.25" Pot)
HC015778 (Tray of 9)
Common Name
Los Lunas Form of Giant Sacaton Grass
Botanical Name
Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Mature Height
8-10' tall
Mature Spread
6' wide
Bloom Time
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount Of Rain
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Deer Resistant, Easy to Grow, Low Maintenance, Native, Cut Flowers, Winter Interest
Plant Select
Special Groups
High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region
West, Western Only, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Native To
North America
Item Unit Of Measure
Ships To Canada
Planting Guides

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ZoneShipping Status
Zone 2Shipping begins the week of May 20th, 2019
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