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Common fingergrass, Pinewoods fingergrass
Eustachys petraea
Poaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Not recommended for general landscape use. It can be incorporated into habitat restorations but it can be very aggressive, recruiting readily from seed and growing very quickly.
Availability:
Occasionally grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Medium herbaceous grass.
Dimensions:
1-2 feet; to 3 feet when in flower.
Growth Rate:
Fast.
Range:
Southeastern United States, the West Indies, Mexico and Central America.
Habitats:
A wide variety of sunny upland or seasonally innundated ecosystems.
Soils:
Moist to wet, moderately well-drained sandy or limestone soils, without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Secondary line; tolerates significant salt wind without injury, but usually is somewhat protected.
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:
All year.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous caryopsis.
Horticultural Notes:
Can easily be grown from seed.


 


Shirley Denton
Keith A. Bradley
Keith A. Bradley
Shirley Denton