General Landscape Uses:
Groundcover in sunny moist soils. Wildflower gardens.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
A widespread and common understory grass of open uplands and short hydroperiod wetlands, but rather weedy in disturbed ecosystems.
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida. Available in Boynton Beach at Sustainscape
Small to medium herbaceous clumping grass.
Typically 6-18 inches in height. About as broad as tall.
Southeastern United States west to Texas and south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies, southern Mexico and Belize.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Map of suggested ZIP codes north to Indian River and Manatee counties.
Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.
Pinelands, prairies and open coastal areas.
Moist to wet, well-drained or occasionally inundated freshwater or brackish soils.
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 injury.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Birds eat the abundant seeds.
Can be grown from seed.
Can become somewhat weedy in open, disturbed sites. See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday