Variable witchgrass
Dichanthelium commutatum
Poaceae


Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.
Description:
Small herbaceous grass.
Height:
About 3-6 inches tall. As broad as tall except when in flower.
Growth Rate:
Fast.
Range:
Southeastern United States west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland; Greater Antilles, Mexico and Central America.
Habitats:
A wide variety of forests.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, with humusy top layer.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Light Requirements:
Light shade to moderate shade.
Flower Color:
Brownish inflorescence.
Flower Characteristics:
Inconspicuous.
Flowering Season:
Spring-fall.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous caryopsis.
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Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton