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|Size:||3-6 (10) ft tall by wide-spreading ft wide|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Recommended Uses:||Typically used in wetland restoration. Also useful for planting in brackish settings where an emergent aquatic is desired. Spreads rapidly to cover large areas.|
|Considerations:||Blades have sharp edges...hence the common name. Best planted where people will not brush by it.|
|Availability:||Native nurseries, Seed, Specialty providers|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Tolerant of inundation with brackish water|
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:||High. Can tolerate significant and ongoing amounts of salty wind and salt spray without injury.|
|Soil or other substrate:||Clay, Loam, Organic material (muck), Lime rock, Sand|
Larval host of the Palatka skipper (Euphyes pilatka).
|Native Habitats:||Swamps, marshes, shores of water bodies, common in coastal marsh, glades, cypress prairie.|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
Sawgrass is a sedge, not a grass. It was this plant that Marjory Stoneman Douglas referred to in her seminal work: "The Everglades: River of Grass."
A second species (C. mariscoides) occurs in a limited area in north Florida. Its uses and culture are similar.