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Southern wiregrass
Aristida stricta
Poaceae
 

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

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.

Availability: Native plant nurseries.

Description: Medium herbaceous clumping grass, with narrow in-rolled leaves.

Dimensions: Typically 1-2 feet in height; to 3 feet when in flower. As broad as tall except when flowering.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: 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.

Habitats: Pinelands and scrub.

Soils: Moist to dry, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.

Nutritional Requirements: 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.

Drought Tolerance: High; does not require any supplemental water once established.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: Brownish inflorescence.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy inflorescence.

Flowering Season: Spring-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous caryopsis.

Wildlife and Ecology: Provides food for birds. An obligate of fire-maintained ecosystems, southern wiregrass requires fire for successful flowering and seed set.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.


Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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