Native to most areas east of Rocky
Mountains and primary species of Tall Grass Prairie Midwest. Tall,
long-lived, warm season bunchy sod former. Grows 3 to 6' tall,
reddish purple at maturity. Seed heads are a 2 to 6 branched
turkey foot shaped raceme.
Thrives on rich fertile silt and clay loam soils of lowlands, and has a
moderate salinity tolerance. Tolerates short-term submergence but
prefers good drainage. Good Winter hardiness.
Used for pasture, hay, landscaping, prairie chicken cover and wildlife
habitat. Graze established stands moderately leaving at least 6"
stubble in summer. Highly palatable from late spring until fall.
Tends to increase with good management.
seeds 1/4 to 3/4" deep.
Weed control necessary.