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Sea oats grass

Sea oats grass

Sea oats grass

Northern Sea Oats will grow in any sunlight condition - from full sun to full shade. It does best in partial shade where the grass blades will have a darker green color. It is unusual for grasses to grow in the shade, so this is a great plant for areas with that type of light condition. This is a good grass for almost any environment because it is tolerant of consistently wet soils, drought tolerant once established, and does well in most ranges of soil fertility.

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Consider using Northern Sea Oats as a specimen plant, as a mass planting in a landscape setting, or in a naturalized area or prairie. Northern Sea Oats is a great choice for prairies and other acreage locations because it can fill in an area quickly. It can be invasive in some situations because it will reseed and can spread by rhizomes. If you don't want it to spread, remove the seed heads in the fall. Prairies and other landscape settings tend to turn brown and dreary in November, but that is not the case with plants like Northern Sea Oats. The seed heads will add a great deal of interest for the entire winter (photo from Iowa Extension). This plant is a great choice to draw in wildlife, too. If you are looking for a new grass for your prairie, a grass for your landscape, or something to make a screen in your landscape, consider Northern Sea Oats.

Inland Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) is a hardy perennial grass best suited for the shade. For the native gardener, it is an unusual grass due to its preference for shade. Their height is about three feet, with a “clump” usually around two feet wide. Visually its golden chevron-shaped seed heads are its most distinguishing feature. It is resilient, not only able to thrive in the shade, but also tolerant of drought and heat. Sea oats are well suited to saline environments, and as such, are important to barrier island ecology and are often used in sand stabilization projects because their long root structure firmly holds loose sand. For example, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, colonies of sea oats have been planted at several beaches. The oats are a crucial component of the area's hurricane defense strategy and have helped to stave off damage from tropical storms. The sea oat colonies and nascent dune structure they support are expected to flourish. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

 

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