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Gulfdune paspalum
Paspalum monostachyum
Poaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also moist to wet wildflower gardens.
Availability:
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
Description:
Medium herbaceous grass with wiry stems.
Dimensions:
About 1-2 feet in height; 3 feet in flower. Spreading from underground stems (rhizomes) and forming large patches.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Monroe County Keys north to Palm Beach, Hendry and Charlotte counties; Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County south to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key.
Habitats:
Pinelands and prairies.
Soils:
Wet to moist, moderately well-drained to poorly drained sandy or limestone soils, without humus.
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:
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:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Green.
Flower Characteristics:
Inconspicuous.
Flowering Season:
Summer-fall.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous caryopsis.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Provides food for birds.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed and division.