Giant Sacaton Grass

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.
Zones5 - 8
Attract Birds
Deer Resistant
Great For Mass Plantings
Winter Interest
Easy To Grow
Low Maintenance
Good For Cut Flowers
Good For Erosion Control
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Water Tolerance
Mature Height 5-7' tall
Mature Spread3-5' wide
Bloom TimeLate summer to fall
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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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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Associated SKUsHC017973
HC017971 (Plant - 5" Deep Pot) - Out of stock.
HC017972 (Tray of 9) - Out of stock.
Common Name
Giant Sacaton Grass
Botanical Name
Sporobolus wrightii
5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color
Mature Height
5-7' tall
Mature Spread
3-5' wide
Bloom Time
Late summer to fall
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Average Soil, Clay Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Waterwise, Average
Attract Birds, Deer Resistant, Native, Great For Mass Plantings, Winter Interest, Easy To Grow, Low Maintenance, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Erosion Control
Ideal Region
Northeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships To Canada
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