Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker

Los Lunas Form of Giant Sacaton Grass

 

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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.

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Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Easy to grow
Good for Cut Flowers
Native
Winter Interest
Low Maintenance
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
1020
10 to 20"
2030
20 to 30"
3040
30 to 40" (with care)
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Summer
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SKU HBLDZXX
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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.)
Associated SKUs
HBLDZXX
HBLDZ31 (Plant - 3.25" deep pot)
91933 (Plant - 5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
HBLDZ09 (Flat of 9 Plants)
91933F (Plant - Flat of 18) - Out of stock.
Common Name Los Lunas Form of Giant Sacaton Grass
Botanical Name Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Mature Height 8-10' tall
Mature Spread 6' wide
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Easy to grow, Good for Cut Flowers, Native, Winter Interest, Low Maintenance
Special Groups High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region Western Only, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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High Country GardensSporobolus wrightii Windbreaker
 
3.9

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (6)

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    (3)

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    (2)

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    (1)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Hardy (9)
  • Healthy (9)
  • Attractive (8)
  • Accurate instructions (6)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Outdoors (11)
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    • Avid gardener (9)
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    • Personal (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Natural Privacy Fence!

I planted 12 of these on my property frontage two years ago because I wanted a screen/privacy fence without the cost and maintenance of an actual fence. So far, they have certainly met...Read complete review

I planted 12 of these on my property frontage two years ago because I wanted a screen/privacy fence without the cost and maintenance of an actual fence. So far, they have certainly met expectations, reaching a height of about 5 feet and a width of about 3 feet. That may not sound impressive but I live in clay-heavy soil and plants do typically take a while to get started here, unless the soil has been well-prepared. With these, I did nothing but dig holes, eight feet apart, and plant this grass with topsoil in the holes. That's it. No watering, no fuss, no muss! I love that nosey passersby are no longer able to tend to my business and that I was able to accomplish that with minimal expense and effort! I'm in the process of planting more!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

sporobolus wrighti windbreaker

once this was planted it never grew but just died away. very disappointed that this happened.

once this was planted it never grew but just died away. very disappointed that this happened.

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4.0

Yes, I'm excited for spring growth!

By 

from Payette ID

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoors

    Comments about High Country Gardens Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker:

    Hope to be a privacy type screening that is beautiful.

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    • Personal
     
    2.0

    windbreaker, not as expected

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    from ri

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    Pros

      Cons

      • remained alive, but only grew about one inch

      Best Uses

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        none

         
        5.0

        BIG

        By 

        from outside abq

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        • Attractive
        • Hardy
        • Healthy

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          • Outdoors

          Comments about High Country Gardens Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker:

          big, beautiful plant! great for privacy screen, just protect from rabbits when small. drought tolerant

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          • Personal

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          paul bunyon

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          from la junta , colorado

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          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Hardy
          • Healthy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden
            • Outdoors

            Comments about High Country Gardens Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker:

            The grass started slowly , I almost lost it , small amount of life left . I shielded it from wind , animals, insects.
            After three years It is a monster every bit of 8 ft tall and fat. I love it , cannot wait to plant more. I use them on golf courses for a fast growing area for golf boundaries..

            • Primary use:
            • Business

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            sporobolus wrighti windbreaker

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            from West Chicago Illinois

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker:

              once this was planted it never grew but just died away. very disappointed that this happened.

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              • Personal
               
              4.0

              I would purchase this product again.

              By 

              from North of Grants Pass, Oregon - Hugo

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              Pros

              • Accurate Instructions
              • Hardy
              • Healthy
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Outdoors
                • privacy

                Comments about High Country Gardens Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker:

                It seems to be hardy. I'm looking forward to it getting bigger!

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                • Personal

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent performance

                By 

                from Outside albuquerque

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                • Accurate Instructions
                • Attractive
                • Hardy
                • Healthy

                Cons

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                  • Outdoors

                  Comments about High Country Gardens Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker:

                  Planted in very hot dry area with frequent winds. Super fast grower, beautiful deep green color. Here in high desert must be protected from rabbits. Going to buy more of these!

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                  • Personal

                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Natural Privacy Fence!

                  By 

                  from Texas, USA

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                  Pros

                  • Accurate Instructions
                  • Attractive
                  • Hardy
                  • Healthy
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Lawn
                    • Outdoors
                    • Pool Area

                    Comments about High Country Gardens Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker:

                    I planted 12 of these on my property frontage two years ago because I wanted a screen/privacy fence without the cost and maintenance of an actual fence. So far, they have certainly met expectations, reaching a height of about 5 feet and a width of about 3 feet. That may not sound impressive but I live in clay-heavy soil and plants do typically take a while to get started here, unless the soil has been well-prepared. With these, I did nothing but dig holes, eight feet apart, and plant this grass with topsoil in the holes. That's it. No watering, no fuss, no muss! I love that nosey passersby are no longer able to tend to my business and that I was able to accomplish that with minimal expense and effort! I'm in the process of planting more!

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

                    (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Still Really Small

                    By 

                    from Boise, Idaho

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                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Small In Size

                      Best Uses

                      • Outdoors

                      Comments about High Country Gardens Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker:

                      My expectations have not been met.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

                      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent!

                      By 

                      from Santa Fe, NM

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                      • Attractive
                      • Hardy
                      • Healthy

                      Cons

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                        • Outdoors

                        Comments about High Country Gardens Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker:

                        Impressive growth first year - were up to 5 feet plumes and quite filled out by fall. Chicken wire circles kept the rabbits at bay. Great first season in poor soil.

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                        • Personal

                        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Very hardy alternative to invasive feather grass

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                        from Brighton, CO

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                        Pros

                        • Attractive
                        • Hardy
                        • Healthy

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Outdoors
                          • Patio
                          • Pool Area

                          Comments about High Country Gardens Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker:

                          Purchased this grass after attending a seminar on drought tolerant plants, at which this grass was specifically mentioned. It is a good alternative to the invasive "feather" grass you see everywhere.
                          I am using it as a living privacy screen around my patio. I have sandy soil, that drains fast, but only watered it for the 1st 2 weeks and then left it alone and it has done well. Grewing from 5" to about 2 1/2 feet the first season. Plan to purchase more for other areas on the property.

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                          • Personal

                          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great grass which grows tall and wide!

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                          from Quite near Joshua Tree National Park, CA

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                          • Accurate Instructions
                          • Attractive
                          • Hardy
                          • Healthy
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

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                            • Garden
                            • Outdoors
                            • Wind Protection

                            Comments about High Country Gardens Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker:

                            I planted the grass with the fence on one side, and, a few feet away, a newly planted tree I wanted to protect from the strong winds which blow in the high desert.

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