General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
Large herbaceous grass.
Typically 3-6 feet in height; to 10 feet when in flower. Usually taller than broad.
Eastern United States west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties; Cuba.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Marshes and marl prairies.
Wet to moist, poorly drained to moderately well-drained sandy or calcareous soils, with or without humus.
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Wildlife and Ecology: Larval host plant
for clouded skipper
(Lerema accius) butterflies.