Sporobolus wrightii

Latin Name: Sporobolus wrightii
Common Name: Giant Sacaton
Mature Height (ft): 5-6'
Mature Width: 3-4'

Mature Shape

Large bunch grass.
Mulch: Inorganic

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Giant sacaton is one of the largest bunch grasses native to the Southwest, like alkali sacaton on steroids. Seems to thrive in poor soils with no supplemental irrigation. It will grow even bigger with added moisture. Thick textured grass blades, it will rival pampas grass for size and beauty, although it plumes are near as showy, giant sacaton has a flowing fountain appearance. A warm season grass, it is cold hardy and thrives in sun and heat.

Use in Garden

Useful when planted in drifts for screening, in xeric, native and habitat gardens. Wherever a large specimen is needed.


Cut back in late winter to about 3-4 inches from its base.