Dancing Wind Grass
A Graceful Dancer for Your Garden
Dancing Wind Grass (Andropogon gerardii ‘Dancing Wind’) needs only a breeze wafting through your yard to inspire its movement. While other grasses simply stand quietly in place, such as the turf that covers your lawn, Dancing Wind Grass bends and sways in rhythmic response to the wind. This towering 6-foot-tall masterpiece of motion even comes to the “fall ball” robed in vivid red when its green foliage changes colors in autumn!
This Native is Right at Home
Dancing Wind Grass is a cultivar of a North American native grass called Big Bluestem. It combines the benefits of the species – drought tolerance, adaptability to native soils and low maintenance – with the bonus of its sizzling red display in autumn. The result is a superior garden plant that adds height, movement and fall color -- all in an easy-care package.
A Low-Maintenance Gem
Dancing Wind Grass needs little attention after it’s established in your garden. You’ll want to keep it watered well after you plant it to make sure its root system gets off to a healthy start, but its ongoing maintenance is a snap. Plant Dancing Wind Grass in a sunny spot where it has room to spread out, because it’ll grow outward to form a clump. You never have to prune or divide it to keep it healthy, although you can cut it back to keep it tidy at the beginning of the growing season, and you’ll only have to water it in times of extreme drought.
Landscape Design Tips
• Plant Dancing Wind Grass to make a tall, dramatic statement in an otherwise flat or low-growing area.
• If there’s a place in your yard where the lawn is sparse because of poor soil, plant Dancing Wind Grass as a fast-growing solution to cover this problem area.
• With its red fall color in mind, plant contrasting fall-flowering perennials near it, such as yellow mums.
• Save the expense of a fence by planting a row of Dancing Wind Grass clumps along the sides of your yard to create a living property boundary.
• Incorporate Dancing Wind Grass into a naturalized section of your yard where it will serve dual duty as an ornamental plant and a winter refuge for birds and other wildlife – a two-for-one bonus!