Tripsacum dactyloides

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

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

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Eastern Gamagrass, Fakahatchee Grass

Poaceae (Gramineae)

Plant Specifics

Size:4 to 6 ft tall by 2 to 4 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow,orange,red
Fruit Color:Yellow,brown
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
Moisture Tolerance:
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.
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Sand



 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).