10 Midwest Plants for Instant Fall Color
Yellow-brown: Sideoats grama
Sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula), a Midwest-native prairie grass, turns yellow-brown in autumn and is often tinged with red and purple. This tough grass will grow in sandy soil or heavy clay and full sun. Clumps reach about 2 feet tall. Zones 5-9.
(A version of this story appeared in Midwest Living® September/October 2009.)