General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
A common understory grass in a wide variety of pinelands and prairies.
Grown by enthusiasts.
Small herbaceous grass.
About 6-12 inches in height. Taller than broad.
Eastern and central United States west to Texas and south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and northern South America. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Moist, 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:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Wildlife and Ecology:
In central Florida, it is the larval host plant for tawny-edged skipper (Potites themistocles).