Unlike the species, this cultivar grows in a short, tight, erect clump. ‘Prairie Munchkin’ reaches no more than one metre in height. It starts off with green foliage and matures into blue with maroon highlights, turning deep orange in fall. It must be cut back very early in the spring and requires patience, because the new shoots are late to form, sometimes not until June. This strong, very hardy grass survives winters to zone 3. It prefers regular, well-drained soil in full sun. Introduced in 2013.