General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also useful as a base plant for wildflower gardens.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
An occasional understory grass in a wide variety of pinelands and drier prairies in South Florida.
Native plant nurseries.
Medium herbaceous clumping grass, with narrow in-rolled leaves.
Typically 1-2 feet in height; to 3 feet when in flower. As broad as tall except when flowering.
Southeastern United States south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties. More common to the north of our area.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Pinelands and scrub.
Moist to dry, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Provides food for birds. An obligate of fire-maintained ecosystems, southern wiregrass requires fire for successful flowering and seed set.
Can be grown from seed.