Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 4 to 6 ft Width: 2 to 4 ft
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits
Recommended Uses: Hedge, individual large grass clump, background screen for a flower garden.
Considerations: Can die back and become messy during cold winters.
Propagation: Readily self-seeds, seeds are easily collected by bagging the seed heads once the delicate flowers have been pollinated and drop off.
Availability: Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: 5.1 to 7.5
Larval host for Three-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes tripunctus), Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius) and Byssus Skipper (Problema byssus)
Even when trimmed occasionally, Gama Grass will return to the tent-like bunch which is excellent cover for small mammals, birds, and reptiles.
Deer eat the hard, yellow, corn-like seed produced by this grass.
Native Habitats: Wet bogs, roadsides, ditches, wet hammocks, river banks, low thickets, pine woods, open swamps, open habitats, flatwoods, sandhill, scrub. Also cultivated.
Other Comments: In a managed garden, gamagrass can be trimmed back at the end of winter.