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Coast cockspur
Echinochloa walteri
Poaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Not recommended for general landscape use.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Somewhat weedy, often recruiting on its own. Use only with caution.
Availability:
Not cultivated.
Description:
An annual grass.
Dimensions:
Typically 3-6 feet in height. Much taller than broad.
Growth Rate:
Fast.
Range:
Eastern North America and the West Indies.
Habitats:
A wide variety of freshwater wetland ecosystems. It often recruits following disturbance.
Soils:
Wet to moist, moderately well-drained sandy soils, without humusy top layer, acid to alkaline pH.
Nutritional Requirements:
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:
High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.
Drought Tolerance:
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flowering Season:
All year.
Fruit:
inconspicuous caryopsis.


 


Keith A. Bradley
Keith A. Bradley
Keith A. Bradley