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Chasmanthium latifolium - Northern sea oats

Native Wetland Plants

Chasmanthium latifolium

Northern sea oats

More About Northern sea oats

  • Drooping flat seed heads on arching stems catch light and wind
  • Slowly spread by rhizomes

Chasmanthium latifolium, Northern sea oats.  Despite its name, Northern sea oats, has nothing to do with the sea.  Chasmanthium latifolium grows well in a variety of soils with varying moisture levels. This 4' clumping warm season grass with boldly textured blue - green foliage is valued for its drooping green oat-like flower spikelets which turn bronze in the fall then lighten up into the winter. Northern sea oats is partially shade tolerant.

Bloom Color

Green

Chasmanthium latifolium Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Mature Height
2' - 4'
Spread Characteristics
Clumping
Prolific Seeder
Rhizomatous - Slow
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Fall
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Pond Zonation
Flood Plain - Upland
Foliage Color
Green
Wildlife Benefits
Cover
Food
Nesting
Songbirds
Waterfowl
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Wetland Indicator Status
FACU
Plant Type
Bog/Marsh
Warm Season Grass
Attributes
Container
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Drought Tolerant
Erosion Control
Fibrous Roots
Focal Point
Great Foliage
Mass Planting
Native
Naturalizing
Ornamental Flower
Storm Water Basin
Winter Persistant
USDA Hardiness Zone
5
6
7
8
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