General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
Large herbaceous grass.
Typically 3-6 feet in height; to 10 feet when in flower. Usually taller than broad.
Eastern United States west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties; Cuba.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations from the Monroe County Keys north to Martin and Charlotte counties.
Marshes and marl prairies.
Wet to moist, poorly drained to moderately well-drained sandy or calcareous soils, with or without humus.
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
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: Larval host plant
for clouded skipper (Lerema accius
See also a 2022 post on the Treasure Coast Natives
blog about the genetics and pollination of Saccharum giganteum