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The Northern sea oats are often seen among the wild. Other various sea grasses grow in shallow waters, from the blowing sand and sand, intertidal shores, just beneath the water and near the tidal pools. They are also found near some of the entrances to the underwater caves that you may find when you boat in the wild. The sea oats live on mud particles and nutrient-rich water, and are the food for the sea urchins, lobsters, and periwinkles.One of the most shade tolerant of the ornamental grasses, Chasmanthium latifolium (Northern Sea Oats) is a robust spreading deciduous grass. It is noted for its distinctive, drooping seed heads, in late summer, which hang from slightly arching stems and flutter when caressed by the softest of breezes. This grass provides good fall color with its seed heads turning purplish bronze and its bright green leaves warming up to a coppery color after frost. Excellent for dried flower arrangements.
Add texture to your landscape with Northern sea oats. This easy-to-grow native grass stands just 2 feet tall and reveals flat green seed heads in midsummer that slowly turn bronze then copper by early fall. The slightest breeze flowing through a clump of grass will rustle the dry seed heads, creating a pleasing type of garden music. Northern sea oats is a fabulous cutting flower. Snip the seed stems shortly after they begin to turn bronze for a long-lasting fresh or dried bouquet.Northern sea oats are native to moist, woodland edges which makes them a great addition to part-shade gardens. Create a woodland meadow with a collection of shade-tolerant grasses. You'll love the easy-care aspect of a meadow planting and count on a bounty of color and texture year-round. Other great grasses for part-shade sites include tufted hair grass (Deschampsia cespitosa), Korean feather reed grass (Calamagrostis
I heard on the radio the other day that plant names are stored in a different part of the brain than people names. According to evolutionary thinking, knowing plants helped our species acquire food while keeping track of people’s names was a social skill that helped us form a cohesive society. That explains why I’ve always found remembering plant names easy but people names a real challenge. One plant I’ve known the name of since my earliest days tromping the creeks of central Oklahoma was Northern Sea Oats, Chasmanthium latifolium.In 2004 Karen Stever of Gainsville, GA discovered a white variegated mutation of northern sea oats that she named ‘River Mist’ and patented in 2008 (pp 20,643). It has linear variegation patterns and looks somewhat like the variegated ribbon grass (Phalaris) except that the white striping extends into the spikeltes. (Source: www.uaex.uada.edu)