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Chasmanthium latifolium

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Common Name: Upland Sea Oats, River Oats, Indian Woodoats

Part sun to light shade, moderately wet to medium moisture level, prefers fertile soil but adapted to a wide range of soils including clay, strongly acid to neutral pH.  2 ½ – 4 feet height, blooms in late summer, green flowers, self-sows generously in moist sites and may be aggressive.

Germination Code:  A.  Seeds germinate easily.

Native Region:  Statewide

Warm season.  Easy to grow.  Very popular, low-maintenance grass.  One of the more shade-tolerant ornamental grasses.  Will tolerate full sun with enough moisture.  Provides excellent contrast and texture almost year-round to the planting area.  Dried, copper-colored seedheads are often used in floral arrangements.

Upland Sea Oats, River Oats, Indian Woodoats Chasmanthium latifolium 4
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Upland Sea Oats, River Oats, Indian Woodoats Chasmanthium latifolium 3
Photo Courtesy of John Hilty http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/
Upland Sea Oats, River Oats, Indian Woodoats Chasmanthium latifolium 2
Photo Courtesy of John Hilty http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/