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|Size:||3-5 (8) ft|
|Life Span:||Short-lived perennial|
|Noted for:||Fall color, Showy flowers, Showy fruits|
|Recommended Uses:||Plant in the rear of a wildflower garden. The flower/fuit stalk is quite showy with a golden plume (the stamens are yellow)in mid-fall. The stems and fruit retain a golden straw color through the fall. The remainder of the year, the grass is much lower (about 2 ft) and blue-green in color.|
|Propagation:||Seed. Division of clumps.|
|Availability:||Native nurseries, Seed|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods|
|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:||Sand|
|Soil pH:||Acidic to neutral|
Birds eat seeds.
Larval host for pepper and salt skipper (Amblyscirtes hegon).
|Native Habitats:||Flatwoods, sandhills.|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
|General Comments:||This was one of the important grasses of the mid-western prairies. Survives occasional flooding and repeated burning.|