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Baldwin’s spikerush, roadgrass
Eleocharis baldwinii
Cyperaceae
 

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Small herbaceous sedge.

Dimensions: About 4-12 inches in height. Spreads and forms small colonies much broader than tall.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Southeastern United States west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland. In Broward County, known only from Water Conservation Area 2A.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Moist pinelands and wet disturbed sites.

Soils: Wet to moist, poorly-drained to moderately well-drained organic or sandy soils, with humusy top layer.

Nutritional Requirements: Moderate to low; it prefers soils with organic content, but will still grow reasonably well 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: Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.

Light Requirements: Light shade to full sun.

Flower Color: Brownish inflorescence.

Flower Characteristics: Inconspicuous.

Flowering Season: All year.

Fruit: Inconspicuous achene.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed or divisions.


Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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