Also known as frost grass, Siberian graybeard is an attractive clump forming grass that looks something like bamboo. The bright green leaves often turn red or burgundy in the fall. The purple tinted flowers are borne above the neat mound of foliage in loose airy panicles covered with fine hairs during late summer to early fall and gradually turn tan. Siberian graybeard can be used as a specimen plant or in drifts. It is not heat or drought tolerant.

Type: Herbaceous perennial grass

Bloom: Eight to twelve inch long purple tinted panicles rise over foliage in late summer to early fall, fading to tan; persistent.

Foliage: Bright green blades are borne horizontally; may turn red or burgundy in fall.

Size: 4’ H x 3-3.5’ W

Light: Full sun to part shade; prefers some shade in hot climates.

Soil: Average, moist, well-drained; does not tolerate drought

Hardiness: 5-8

Care: Low maintenance

Pests and Diseases: None of significance

Propagation: Division

Companion plants: Russian sage, asters, cardinal flower, Joe Pye weed ‘Little Joe’.

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By Karen