Rhynchospora latifolia

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Giant Whitetop, Sandswamp Whitetop


Also known as Dichromena latifolia

Plant Specifics

Size:1.5-2.5 ft tall by 1.5-2 ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Fall-winter dormant. Blooms in spring.
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Wetland garden or informal savanna.
Propagation:Seed, division.
Light: Full Sun,  Part 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:Organic material (muck), Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Attracts bees and butterflies

Native Habitats:Savannas, wet prairies.

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. Most Rhynchospora species are wind pollinated. The white bracts of this species attract insects.