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Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B
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Eastern Gamagrass, Fakahatchee Grass
|Size:||4 to 6 ft tall by 2 to 4 ft wide|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Phenology:||Evergreen. Clump-forming. Blooms spring-fall.|
|Habitats:||Wet bogs, roadsides, ditches, wet hammocks, river banks, low thickets, pine woods, open swamps, open habitats, flatwoods, sandhill, scrub. Also cultivated.|
|Recommended Uses:||Hedge, individual large grass clump, background screen for a flower garden.|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|Moisture Tolerance:||Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Tolerant of occasional/brief inundation such as can occur in storm surges.|
|Salt Spray Tolerance:||Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.|
Even when trimmed occasionally, Gama Grass will provide cover for small mammals, birds, and reptiles. Deer eat the seeds.
Larval host for three-spotted skipper (Cymaenes tripunctus), clouded skipper (Lerema accius) and Byssusskipper (Problema byssus) (Minno and Minno, 1999).