Sporobolus wrightii
Photo courtesy of High Country Gardens

giant sacaton

This plant grows well in the following regions:

  • CVCentral Valley
  • DTDesert
  • NCNorth and Central Coast
  • SCSouth Coast
Map of regions (click to enlarge)
map of California regions


Native from west Texas to southeastern Arizona, where it is found in dry, alkaline, sandy open areas or rocky slopes. The selection 'Windbreaker' was made in New Mexico and used as a windbreak. It can reach heights up to 10 ft by 10 ft wide. Deep rooted and very tough.

A great alternative for pampas grass in large spaces, such as freeway plantings. Grows up to 10 ft. tall, with showy, feathery seed heads in late summer. May be cut back in late winter for fresh regrowth in spring.

Sun needs:

  • Full sun

Water needs:

  • Low water
  • Very low water
Water needs information from WUCOLS unless otherwise noted