Chasmanthium latifolium

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Indian Woodoats, Spikegrass

Poaceae (Gramineae)

Plant Specifics

Size:2-4 ft
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Green
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy fruits


Recommended Uses:Groundcover or border plant in shady areas.
Considerations:It reseeds easily and can expand aggressively.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- 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



Birds and other wildlife consume seed.


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

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


Ethnobotany:Seed stalks are attractive in flower arrangements.