General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wet butterfly gardens.
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
Large erect herbaceous grass.
To 8-10 feet in height. Spreading from underground stems (rhizomes) and forming patches.
Eastern and central United States and scattered in Florida south to Broward and Collier counties; Veracruz, Mexico.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Swamps and marshes.
Wet, poorly-drained organic soils.
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.
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Full sun to light shade.
Wildlife and Ecology: Larval host plant
for clouded skipper (Lerema accius
) and least skipper (Analoxypha numitor