General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also provides a good base for wildflower gardens.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
An occasional understory grass in a wide variety of pinelands. Rarer in the southern part of peninsular South Florida in marl prairies.
Grown by a few native plant nurseries in south and central Florida.
Medium to large herbaceous grass.
Typically 2-4 feet in height; to 6 feet when in flower. A clumping grass about as broad as tall except when flowering.
Southern and eastern United States south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland, but very rare at the end of its range in the southernmost Florida counties.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Pinelands and scrub.
Moist to dry, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light brown inflorescence.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Possible larval host plant for Delaware skipper (Anatrytone logan), Georgia satyr (Neonympha areolata), neamathla skipper (Nastra neamathla), swarthy skipper (Nastra lherminier) and twin-spot skipper (Oligoria maculata) butterflies.
Can be grown from seed.
Attractive bluish-white leaves. Usually best cut back after flowering. Spreads from seed in the garden and can become weedy.