Eleocharis cellulosa

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Gulf Coast Spikerush


Plant Specifics

Size:2-3 ft tall by 0.1 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Green
Fruit Color:Green, brown
Noted for:Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Useful in ponds to provide cover for wildlife and water quality treatment. Good in stormwater ponds.
Considerations:Aggressive. Best not to use where dense cover will not be appreciated.
Propagation:Seed or division.
Availability:Native nurseries, Specialty providers
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Aquatic (always flooded) ----- to ----- Usually moist, occasional inundation)
Moisture Tolerance: Aquatic (always flooded) ----- to ----- Usually moist, occasional inundation
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of inundation with brackish water
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Pond, lake, or stream bottom
Soil pH:



Provides good cover and nest building materials for birds that nest in wetlands.

Native Habitats:Brackish and freshwater marshes.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

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

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:This is a sedge and not a grass, but it does have a grass-like growth form.