‘River Mist’ wood oats dies, drought?

‘River Mist’ is a cool and beautiful plant, a sport or mutation of our native wood oats, or Chasmanthium latifolium. Unfortunately, the 4 plants we planted in spring 2011 did not live through the winter. Given the mild conditions we had, how could this be? I think it may be more of a drought factor, as so little rain came last year, especially after August and all through the fall and winter. It was quite dry, a drought for many months. As you can see in the photo below, even no plants, green or the variegated ‘River Mist’ lived, but seedings are coming and we will count on them to keep this plant, at least the green species in the collection. I will be replanting ‘River Mist’ soon.

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University of Minnesota Professor and Extension Horticulturist
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