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Water paspalum
Paspalum repens
Poaceae
 

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

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.

Plant Map Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

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.


Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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