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•Status in Florida: Native

•Size at Maturity: Typically grows 2 to 4 feet tall and wide

•Phenology: Perennial grass with bamboo-like stems and flat, oat-like spikelets that turn bronze in fall

•Life Cycle: Perennial

•Bloom Season: Summer

•Deciduous, Dioecious, Evergreen: Deciduous

•Sunlight Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

•Soil Texture: Well-drained sandy or loamy soils

•Soil pH: Tolerant of a wide range, but prefers slightly acidic to neutral (pH 6.0-7.5)

•Moisture Requirements: Prefers moderately moist to wet soil, but can tolerate drought once established

•Tolerance to Salt Spray: Low tolerance

•Recommended Landscape Uses: Rain gardens, pond edges, naturalistic landscapes, mass plantings

•Maintenance Tips: Low maintenance; may self-seed in favorable conditions, divide clumps every few years to control spread. Cut back stocks in early spring after new growth appears.

•Considerations: Can spread aggressively in moist soil, may need containment; may become floppy in too much shade

•Deer and/or Rabbit Resistance: Moderately resistant; typically not preferred by deer or rabbits

•Edible: Not typically consumed

•Medicinal Uses: No significant medicinal uses

•Toxicity to Pets: Not known to be toxic to pets

•Florida Native Companion Plant: Swamp sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius), cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

•Wildlife Benefit: Provides habitat and food for various insects and small mammals; attracts birds for nesting and foraging. Important food source for many songbirds and other animals that consume its seeds. It is also the larval host plant for the pepper and salt skipper, common roadside skipper, and Bell's roadside skipper. FNPS states that it’s a possible host for Carolina satyr.

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