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In summer this grass is streaked orange-brown and it then turns to orange brown all over in winter, when there may be less to catch your eye in the garden. The narrow, flat or inrolled leaves are dark green the rest of the year. It has a pleasing overall arching habit with interesting purple-green flower spikelets that hang down, almost touching the ground, from midsummer to early autumn. The seed-heads that follow provide a winter food source for finches and other seed-eating birds. Don't be put off growing it if you have a heavy soil. Plants may need winter prtection in colder gardens. To propagate, divide plants from mid-spring to early summer.
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Dramatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy
Hardiness: Half hardy
Skill level: Beginner
Time to divide plants: April to June
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