Upright clumps of green to blue-green leaves in summer. Foliage turns rich orange and copper-red in fall. Flower heads resembling upside down turkey claws appear in late August. They open red and turn darker with age. If left up, the foliage adds interest to the winter landscape and provides cover for wildlife. Host to grass skippers such as Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus), Sachem (Atalopedes campestris), Peck’s Skipper (Polites peckius), Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles), and Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone logan).
Header Photo: Mervin Wallace
USDA PLANTS Range Map
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Typical Landscape Use
Establishment and Care Instructions
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