Source: Michigan State University Extension, Home Horticulture - 01702063 , 01/01/96
A tall grass reaching a height of 8 to 12 feet. The clumps bear pink flowers in late summer. These can be used for drying or as a dye plant. The plant will adapt to many soil types but does prefer full sun.
Several cultivars are listed: 'Gracillimus' - silvery green leaves turn bronze in winter, leaves and flowers with graceful curves, flowers reddish-pink; 'Purperescens' - reddish-bronze flowers, 3 to 4 feet tall, foliage green and reddish-purple; 'Variegatus' - flowers pale pink, greens leaves striped with white; 'Zebrinus' - flowers pale yellow, yellow bands on leaves. Michigan State Univ. Extension Service Index