Aristida stricta var. beyrichiana


Poaceae (Gramineae)

Synonyms:  Aristida stricta, Aristida beyrichicana

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Plant Specifics

Form: grass
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 1-4 ft    Width: 1-3 ft
Fruit Color: fruit color      orange
Noted for: Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Restoration areas. Naturalistic landscapes.
Propagation: Typically by plugs. An issue is that availability is very limited. Also by seed, but requires a burn in the early growing season to produce viable seed.
Availability: Native nurseries, Specialty providers
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand


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Small birds and other wildlife consume seeds.
Native Habitats: Open seepage areas, forested seepage areas, flatwoods, sandhill, clayhill, scrub, coastal uplands

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


This was historically one of the major flatwoods and sandhill groundcover species. It was of value to ranchers if burned so that new growth was palatable to cattle. Extremely important to maintenance of natural landscapes and wildlife.

Other Comments:

Typically not used in landscape settings. However, if appropriate management can be provided (fire), then seed-bearing plants have considerable landscape value. Otherwise best left to restoration projects.