Chasmanthium latifolium

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 

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Indian Woodoats, Spikegrass

Poaceae (Gramineae)

Plant Specifics

Size:2-4 ft
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Green
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Winter dormant
Habitats:Dry-moist sites. Bluffs, floodplains, wet hammocks.


Recommended Uses:Groundcover or border plant in shady areas.
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Sand



Birds and other wildlife consume seed.

Larval host for pepper and salt skipper (Amblyscirtes hegon), common roadside skipper (Amblyscirtes vialis), and Bell's roadside skipper (Amblyscirtes belli).  Possible host for Carolina satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius).