Tripsacum dactyloides

eastern gamagrass, Fakahatchee grass

Poaceae (Gramineae)

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Plant Specifics

Form: grass
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 4 to 6 ft    Width: 2 to 4 ft
Flower Color: flower color   flower color   flower color      yellow,orange,red
Fruit Color: fruit color   fruit color      yellow,brown
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits

Landscaping

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
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
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Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: 5.1 to 7.5

Ecology

Wildlife:
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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.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   8A,8B,9A,9B,10A,10B

Other

Other Comments: In a managed garden, gamagrass can be trimmed back at the end of winter.