Botanical Name: Calamagrostis brachytricha syn, stipa
Height: Up to 4 feet when in flower.
Spacing: 24 - 40 inches.
Depth: Plant at the same depth as in the pot.
Spread: 18 - 24 inches.
Sun/Shade: Full sun to shade. Will bloom in full shade, but is more stately in full sun.
Color: Purple-red foliage.
Foliage: Narrow, linear flat leaves.
Blooms: Late Summer onward for Winter interest.
Form: Herbaceous perennial.
Flower Form: Long slender flower plumes that open with a smoky purple-red color.
Soil Requirements: Moist fertile soil, but will adapt to many soil types.
Growth Rate: Moderate growth rate.
Pruning: Prune in late Winter or early Spring. Trim back before new growth starts.
Comments: Commonly called Diamond Grass for the way the morning light catches the dew and looks as if hundreds of diamonds are sparkling on the flower stems. Stately ornamental grass that will perform in full shade with a somewhat relaxed habit and will serve as a wonderful main focal point for the Fall season. Diamond Grass is somewhat more upright when it is grown in full sun.
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