A tall, adaptable prairie grass that hosts a wide variety of insects, including many skippers. Favored by a wide variety of grazers, but rarely consumed by browsers such as deer.
Light: Full Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet Mesic, Mesic, Dry Mesic, Dry
Soil Type: Loam, Clay Loam
Leaf Texture: Coarse
Bloom Time: Jul-Aug
Root Type: Fibrous
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Hosts skippers such as the dusted skipper, Delaware, Leonard’s, cobweb, Ottoe, Indian, and Byssus skippers. A number of other insects feed on the foliage, including grasshoppers, leafhoppers, and katydids. Seeds are eaten sparingly by birds, but foliage is readily consumed by mammalian herbivores.