Clumping warm-season grass with foliage that turns in fall from green to shades of gold, bronze, brown, and orange. The foliage persists, providing striking color through winter and into the following year. Foliage also provides nesting habitat for wildlife including gamebirds and long-lasting cover for insects and other wildlife. Seeds are eaten by songbirds; seeds are borne on flowering culms that were historically used as brooms. Host plant for larvae of the cobweb skipper.
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