Pityopsis graminifolia

Photo by Shirley Denton, Suncoast Chapter. Photograph belongs to the photographer who allows use for FNPS purposes only. Please contact the photographer for all other uses.

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

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

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Silk-grass, Silkgrass

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Plant Specifics

Size:2-3 ft tall by 1-5 ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:White
Habitats:Sandhill, scrub, scrubby flatwoods, flatwoods, dry prairie, disturbed areas.


Recommended Uses:Wildflower garden. Foliage can be attractive year-round as silvery-gray green. Also suitable for naturalizing. The foliage will spread into a small mat which can be used to some extent as a groundcover.
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.



Attracts bees and butterflies. A pollinator study at the Archbold Biological Station documented over 30 species of bees visiting this species (Deyrup et al. 2002).