General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in northern Florida.
Medium herbaceous grass.
About 1-2 feet in height; up to 6 feet in flower. Spreading from underground stems (rhizomes) and forming small patches broader than tall.
Widespread in North America (including Mexico) south to South Florida, at least as far south as Palm Beach and Lee counties.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Moist, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.
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.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Valuable source of seeds for birds.
Can be grown from seed and division.
Taxonomy: some authors place S. rhizomatum into synonomy here.