Distichlis spicata

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Poaceae (Gramineae)

Plant Specifics

Size:1-2 ft tall by spreading many ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Green
Fruit Color:NA
Noted for:-


Recommended Uses:Lawn-like groundcover especially near the edges of salt water.
Propagation:Seed or division.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
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 frequent or regular inundation (usually areas with tidal inundation)
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, Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:Alkaline



Birds and other wildlife consume seed. 


Larval host for obscure skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides) and saltmarsh skipper (Panoquina panoquin).

Native Habitats:Salt marsh.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures