Chasmanthium latifolium

Indian Woodoats, Spikegrass

Poaceae (Gramineae)

Plant Specifics

Form:Grass
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Green
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy fruits

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Groundcover or border plant in shady areas.
Considerations:It reseeds easily and can expand aggressively.
Propagation:Seed.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Stays Wet ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Neutral to slightly acidic

Ecology

Wildlife:
  

Birds and other wildlife consume seed.

Insects:
 

Larval host for pepper and salt skipper (Amblyscirtes hegon), common roadside skipper (Amblyscirtes vialis), and Bell's roadside skipper (Amblyscirtes belli).

Native Habitats:Dry-moist sites. Bluffs, floodplains, wet hammocks.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

Ethnobotany:Seed stalks are attractive in flower arrangements.