Tripsacum dactyloides

eastern gamagrass, Fakahatchee grass

Poaceae (Gramineae)

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Plant Specifics

Form: grass
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 4 to 6 ft    Width: 2 to 4 ft
Flower Color: flower color   flower color   flower color      yellow,orange,red
Fruit Color: fruit color   fruit color      yellow,brown
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits


Recommended Uses: Hedge, individual large grass clump, background screen for a flower garden.
Considerations: Can die back and become messy during cold winters.
Propagation: Readily self-seeds, seeds are easily collected by bagging the seed heads once the delicate flowers have been pollinated and drop off.
Availability: Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: 5.1 to 7.5


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Larval host for Three-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes tripunctus), Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius) and Byssus Skipper (Problema byssus) Even when trimmed occasionally, Gama Grass will return to the tent-like bunch which is excellent cover for small mammals, birds, and reptiles. Deer eat the hard, yellow, corn-like seed produced by this grass.
Native Habitats: Wet bogs, roadsides, ditches, wet hammocks, river banks, low thickets, pine woods, open swamps, open habitats, flatwoods, sandhill, scrub. Also cultivated.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

In a managed garden, gamagrass can be trimmed back at the end of winter.