This large cosmopolitan genus gleans its name from the Greek word pogon, or beard, alluding to the lustrous hairs that blanket the inflorescences. Closely associated with Schizachyrium, 13 clump-forming warm season Andropogon hail from North America. Many of the garden-worthy Beardgrass are often drought tolerant, and generally characterized by attractive, easily grown sturdy demeanors, late summer blooms plus stunning autumn color.
Spotted by green-roof expert Dave MacKenzie while driving in the wilds of northern Michigan, this relatively new nonflopping native soldiers a close-knit erect posture that mimics Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster′s straight-backed habit, and thus earns its name. An exceptional narrow column of broad, tapered green-blue leaves plus valiant stalks elevates the airy tribranched red inflorescences. Suffused with eye-catching cozy plum and wine shades as the season progresses, resilient ‘Karl′s Cousin’ promotes nearly year-round vertical elements, appreciates lean well-drained soil and can be planted sentinel-like or massed in mixed borders plus readily nudged into tight nooks.
Size: 6' 0" – 7' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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