Botanical Name: Sporobolus airoides
Common Name: Alkali Sacaton  
Plant photo of: Sporobolus airoides
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Water Saving Tip:

As the weather gets hotter avoid the temptation to increase run times.

Instead, schedule more start times with one to two hours in between to allow the water from the previous session to soak in before watering again.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Summer, Fall


Leaf Color

Green, Light Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low, Low, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Meadow, Ranch, Spanish


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Silhouette


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Shrub Border, Foundation, Parking Strip, Patio, Parking Lot, With Rocks


Special Uses

Cut Flowers, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: George Hull MSN
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

Grass grows to 3' x 3'. It has grayish green leaves. Fall color is yellow turning tan. Pink flowers clusters appear in summer and fall with erect, showy plumes to 5'. Tolerant of the alkaline soils of the southwest. A good reclamation plant as well as an ornamental. Deep rooted, durable and drought tolerant.
Frost tolerant to -20 F. Similar to Sporobolus heterolepis but with coarser leaves, and showier in bloom.