Alkalai sacaton

Sporobolus airoides


Alkali sacaton is a robust warm season grass with fine-textured foliage that grows with a clumping habit 2-3 ft.. high. It produces attractive flower panicles in late spring that can grow 3-4 ft. tall. These flower panicles are branched and produce a delicate and transparent appearance in mid summer, and are very attractive when highlighted by the sun.

Alkalai sacaton is a tough grass that is found in dry habitats including sage scrub, grassland and deserts. Its clumping habit and drought endurance make it good for Southwestern style gardens and for contrast to other foliage plants. It is valued as a clumping feature among boulders and with southwestern plants among palo verde and mesquite trees, chuparosa, Texas ranger and desert encelia.

Plant Type: Grass, Native
Foliage Character: Winter deciduous
Habit: Upright, Open, Mounding, Clumping, Arching
Growth Rate: Fast
Foliage Color: Light green, Pale green
Flower Color: Green
Flower Season: Summer
Soil Adaptations: Deep soil, Clay, Alkaline soil
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Heat, Drought, Cold hardy, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Residential spaces, Parks and open space, Mass planting, Grouped, Foliage accent plant, Commercial spaces, California native, Borders, Banks, Background plant
Height: 2 ft. – 3 ft. (to 4 ft. with flowers)
Width: 2 ft. – 4 ft.