The preference is full sun and dry conditions. The soil can contain significant amounts of loam, sand, or gravel poor, sterile soil is actually preferred because this reduces competition from taller plants. This plant also grows well in moist to mesic conditions if there is sufficient sunlight. Occasionally, the lower leaves turn yellow and fall off the stem during a drought; this response is normal. Foliar disease is not troublesome. This plant can become aggressive in open sunny areas, and form large colonies quickly.