General Landscape Uses:
Groundcover in coastal areas. Also wildflower gardens.
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
Small creeping herbaceous grass.
About 6-12 inches in height; to 18 inches when in flower. Spreading and forming large patches much broader than tall.
Southeastern United States and Maryland west to Texas and south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Brackish coastal areas and beach dunes.
Wet to moist, moderately well-drained to periodically inundated brackish or saline soils, with or without organic or humusy top layer.
Low to moderate; it can grow in nutrient poor soils or soils with some organic content.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Pioneer; grows in unconsolidated substrate in direct salt wind and spray.
Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.
Light brown inflorescence.
Inconspicuous light brown caryopsis.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Larval host plant for obscure skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides) butterflies.
Can be grown from seed and division.