Cladium jamaicense



wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: grass
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 3-6 (10) ft    Width: wide-spreading
Flower Color: flower color      green
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: evergreen


Recommended Uses: Typically used in wetland restoration. Also useful for planting in brackish settings where an emergent aquatic is desired. Spreads rapidly to cover large areas.
Considerations: Blades have sharp edges...hence the common name. Best planted where people will not brush by it.
Propagation: Division, seed.
Availability: Native nurseries, Specialty providers, Seed
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam, lime rock, organic material (muck)


wildlife plant  
Larval host of the Palatka skipper (Euphyes pilatka)
Native Habitats: Swamps, marshes, shores of water bodies, common in coastal marsh, glades, cypress prairie.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

Saw-grass is a sedge, not a grass. It was this plant that Marjory Stoneman Douglas referred to in her seminal work: "The Everglades: River of Grass."