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Giant Sacaton Grass

Sporobolus wrightii
SKU: HC017973
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Fine, arching green foliage grows densely, with extravagant inflorescence rising 1-2 feet in late summer. Gold seed heads persist through the winter, catching the glow of afternoon light. This resilient native grass is highly adaptable in a range of growing conditions, ideal as an impactful garden accent or a focal point in the landscape.
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Botanical Name
Sporobolus wrightii
Growing Zones
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Native, Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant, Easy To Grow, Low Maintenance, Cut Flowers, Winter Interest, Mass Plantings, Erosion Control
Soil Moisture
Waterwise, Average
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Mature Height
5-7' tall
Bloom Time
Late summer to fall


Giant Sacaton Grass (Sporobolus wrightii) is a large, attractive, and highly adaptable native grass ideal for low-water landscapes. Its tall plumes easily reach 5 feet wide and 7 feet tall, so plant where it will have room to grow. Giant Sacaton is a good solution for erosion control or planting on a slope, and an excellent low-water native alternative for non-native, water-loving grasses like Miscanthus or Pampas Grass. This Southwest native is found primarily in semi-desert habitats at elevations up to 7500 ft, but also occasionally in clay flats, floodplains, desert lakes, or marshes with moderate moisture. It is drought, salt, and alkaline tolerant, and can also be used in rain gardens. It will perform best with a couple of deep waterings through the driest months. As with all ornamental grasses, leave seed heads standing for winter interest and bird forage; the inflorescence can also be used in dried flower arrangements. In spring, after you see green growth emerging, cut plants back to 1-2 feet above the ground. In mild climates, Giant Sacaton may maintain some green foliage year-round. Plant Giant Sacaton with Agastache cana, Agastache rupestris, and Salvia greggii.  

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