Cladium jamaicense

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Plant Specifics

Size:3-6 (10) ft tall by wide-spreading ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Green
Fruit Color:Brown
Habitats:Swamps, marshes, shores of water bodies, common in coastal marsh, glades, cypress prairie.


Recommended Uses:Typically used in wetland restoration. Also useful for planting in brackish settings where an emergent aquatic is desired. Spreads rapidly to cover large areas.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of inundation with brackish water
Salt Spray Tolerance:High. Can tolerate significant and ongoing amounts of salty wind and salt spray without injury.
Soil/Substrate:Clay, Loam, Organic material (muck), Lime rock, Sand



Larval host of the Palatka skipper (Euphyes pilatka).