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Blue-maidencane
Amphicarpum muhlenbergianum
Poaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

An occasional element in a variety of freshwater wetlands.
Availability:
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
Description:
Medium herbaceous grass.
Dimensions:
Typically 1-2 feet in height. Spreading by horizontal stems (stolons) and forming large patches.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Southeastern United States south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties.
Habitats:
Wet pinelands, cypress swamps, marshes and wet disturbed sites.
Soils:
Wet to moist, moderately well-drained sandy soils, without humusy top layer.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils and may become aggressive with excess nutrients.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate 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:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Brownish inflorescence.
Flower Characteristics:
Inconspicuous.
Flowering Season:
Fall.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous caryopsis.
Wildlife and Ecology:
The above ground flowers are sterile; fertile flowers are borne below ground on slender subterranean branches.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown by division.


 


Grasses, Sedges and Rushes of Palm Beach
and Martin Counties, Florida website.
Shirley Denton