General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also provides a good base for wildflower gardens.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
A relatively common understory grass in pinelands nearly throughout South Florida.
Grown by enthusiasts.
Medium to large herbaceous grass.
Typically 2-4 feet in height; to 6 feet when in flower. A clumping grass about as broad as tall except when flowering.
Eastern and central United States south to the Monroe County Keys. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key where last collected in 1965.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Pinelands, scrub and prairies.
Moist to dry, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, without humus.
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:
Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Possible larval host plant for Delaware skipper (Anatrytone logan), Georgia satyr (Neonympha areolata), neamathla skipper (Nastra neamathla), swarthy skipper (Nastra lherminier) and twin-spot skipper (Oligoria maculata) butterflies.
Can be grown from seed and division.
Attractive bluish-red leaves. Usually best cut back after flowering. Does not spread as aggresively as other Andropogon species.