Light Reqirements: full sun/part shade
Soil Moisture: medium/dry
Height: 4 ft
Bloom Color: reddish-purple
Bloom Time: August- October
Deer Resistant? yes
Black Walnut tolerant? not sure
USDA Zones: 4-10
Purpletop (Tridens flavus)
I'm native to New York state and to Tompkins County, NY.
I’m a warm season grass.
I have attractive reddish-purple seed heads that appear in late summer.
I have another common name, grease grass, because my seed heads are oily.
My seeds attract birds and mammals.
I'm a host plant for many butterflies and moths, including the broad winged skipper (Poanes viator).
I am salt tolerant, so I can be planted along roads.