Rarely grown due to its fast growing and prolific nature.
Medium herbaceous clumping grass.
Typically 1-2 feet in height; may exceed 3 feet when in flower. As broad as tall except when flowering.
Fast to moderate.
Southern United States south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies, Mexico, Central America, and South America.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations from the Monroe County Keys north to Martin and Charlotte counties.
A wide variety of sunny, moist, upland habitats and disturbed sites.
Moist to occasionally wet, well-drained to moderately well-drained, sandy, limestone, or organic soils, without humusy top layer.
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without significant injury.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Can easily be grown from seed.
Spreads readily from seed in the garden.