Alkali Sacaton

Sporobolus airoides

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Ornamental Grass
Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Description: Native clump-forming perennial grass with long, sharp-edged green leaves. In mid summer it produces cloud-like panicles of golden, pinkish bronze flowers above the foliage. The seed heads retain interest into the fall. Extremely drought tolerant.


Maintenance Type: Ornamental Grass - Medium
Plant Care: Ornamental Grass - Medium (showy non-turf grasses that go dormant in winter, 3-6' tall): Use hand pruners or hedger to cut and remove 2/3 of the total grass height. Trim edges. For warm season grasses (more common), this is best done in late winter to early spring. For cool season grasses apply the same maintenance practices in the late fall, once the plant is dormant.

Plant Attributes:

Mature Size: 4' tall x 3' wide
Utah Native: Yes
Plant Select: No
Pollinator Friendly: No
Localscapes: Foundation Plant
Foliage Interest: No
Foliage Colors: Green
Bloom Colors: Tan
Bloom Seasons: Late Summer, Summer
Bloom Period: Jun - Sep

Growing Conditions:

Hardiness Zone: 4 to 9
Light Requirement: Full Sun (6+ hrs sun), Part Shade (4-6 hrs morning sun), Part Sun (4-6 hrs afternoon sun)
Irrigation Requirement:     Very Low (Water to Establish)
Salt Tolerant: Yes
Deer Resistant: Yes

Garden Location:

  • Commercial Concepts
    • Education Center Parking
  • Design Path
    • Design Ideas-East
  • Irrigation Path
    • Fragrance Garden
  • Maintenance Path
    • Rain Gardening
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter