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Water paspalum
Paspalum repens
Poaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wet butterfly gardens.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.
Description:
Annual creeping herbaceous grass.
Dimensions:
About 6-18 inches tall. Often floating on water and forming large patches.
Growth Rate:
Fast.
Range:
Eastern and central United States west to Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas and south to Central Florida and then along the west coast to Collier County; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America. Reported but never verified from Fern Forest Nature Center in Broward County.
Habitats:
Swamps and sloughs.
Soils:
Wet, poorly-drained organic soils.
Nutritional Requirements:
High; requires rich organic soils for optimal growth.
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:
Full sun to light shade or moderate shade.
Flower Color:
Brownish inflorescence.
Flower Characteristics:
Inconspicuous.
Flowering Season:
Summer-fall.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous caryopsis.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Larval host for clouded skipper (Lerema accius) butterflies.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed and division.


 


Keith A. Bradley
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton