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Plant Type: Grasses

'Indian Warrior' forms a tall, strictly upright clump of green foliage that begins to take on dusky purple tones as early as midsummer.

In late summer, glossy deep purple, three-branched inflorescences that vaguely resemble a turkey's foot (hence the common name) are produced on reddish stems.  When they first open, tiny bright red-orange pollen sacs dangle from the flowers and are quite visible even from a distance.

As the cooler weather arrives, the foliage transitions from green to a deep smoky purple with red highlights, becoming enrobed in a shroud of purple by mid-fall.


Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Flower Color

purple shades

Foliage Color

green/purple shades

Plant Spread


Good Companions

Plant Height

5-6 ft

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

average and consistent water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


adapts to any soil type

Bloom Time

late summer

Critter Resistance


full sun

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests