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Dwarf Fakahatchee Grass, Florida Gamagrass
|Size:||2-3 ft tall by 2-3 ft wide|
|Life Span:||Short-lived perennial|
|Phenology:||Evergreen. Clump forming.|
|Noted for:||Showy flowers, Showy fruits, Interesting foliage|
|Recommended Uses:||Informal borders.|
|Considerations:||Can get messy after cold spells.|
|Propagation:||Seed or division of clumps.|
|Availability:||Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales|
|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:||Lime rock, Sand|
|Soil pH:||Neutral to alkaline|
Seeds are eaten by birds. Provides cover for lizzards and other small animals.
Larval host for Byssus Skipper (Problema byssus).
|Native Habitats:||Pine rockland. Also cultivated. Dry sites.|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
Grows well well north of its native range. Documented in very southern counties with an outlier in Martin County -- that outlier is also unique in that it was collected near a cypress dome.
Closely related to corn, this species has been crossed with maize to produce a corn that is resistant to Helminthosporium turcicum, the fungus that causes northern leaf blight (Wikipedia).
Listed as Threatened in Florida.