General Landscape Uses:
Accent grass. Large groundcover in wet to moist areas.
Widely cultivated. Available in Lake Worth at Indian Trails Native Nursery
(561-641-9488) and at Amelia's SmartyPlants
Large herbaceous grass.
Typically 3-4 feet in height; to 6 feet when in flower. About as broad as tall.
Widespread in eastern and central North America south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Marshes, swamps and wet pinelands.
Moist to wet, moderately well-drained to poorly-drained sandy, organic, or limestone soils, with humusy top layer.
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.
Moderate to low; requires moist to wet soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.
Full sun to light shade.
Anthers orange, stigma purple.
Wildlife and Ecology: Larval host plant
for clouded skipper (Lerema accius
) and three-spotted skipper (Cymaenes tripunctus
) butterflies. The fruits are eaten by birds.
Can be grown from seed and division.
See a 2019 post on the Treasure Coast Natives
blog on Fakahatchee Grass (Eatern Gama Grass) and it relation to corn.