Chasmanthium latifolium

Indian woodoats, spikegrass

Poaceae (Gramineae)

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Plant Specifics

Form: grass
Life Span: short-lived perennial
Size: Height: 2-4 ft
Flower Color: flower color      green
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Showy fruits


Recommended Uses: Groundcover or border plant in shady areas.
Considerations: It reseeds easily and can expand aggressively.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Native nurseries, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: neutral to slightly acidic


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Birds and other wildlife consume seed. Larval host for pepper and salt skipper (Amblyscirtes hegon), common roadside skipper (Amblyscirtes vialis), and Bell's roadside skipper (Amblyscirtes belli).
Native Habitats: Dry-moist sites. Bluffs, floodplains, wet hammocks.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Seed stalks are attractive in flower arrangements.