General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Grown by a few native plant nurseries.
Medium herbaceous grass.
About 1-2 feet in height; to 4 feet when in flower. About as broad as tall except when in flower.
Southeastern United States west to Louisiana and south to Palm Beach, Highlands and Hillsborough counties.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Map of suggested ZIP codes north to Indian River and Manatee counties.
Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.
Wet to moist, seasonally inundated sandy soils, without humus, acid pH.
Low; it grows 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.
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Wildlife and Ecology:
In the Florida Panhandle, it is the larval host plant of arogos skipper (Atrytone arogos
) butterflies. Attracts pollinators.