Chasmanthium latifolium, Northern Sea Oats, Native Grasses, Perennial Grass Plugs, VA ecotype


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Virginia Ecotype

Chasmanthium latifolium, Northern Sea Oats, Native Grasses, Perennial Grass Plugs

Wholesale pricing is based on quantity. 50 plants (plugs) per tray with a required minimum purchase of 5 plants per species.

5 or more $7.50 each
25 or more $3.50  each

 50 or more $1.65 each

300 or more $1.50 each

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Chasmanthium latifolium, Northern Sea Oats, Native Grasses, Perennial Grass Plugs

Botanic Name (s): Chasmanthium latifolium

Common Name(s): Northern sea oats, Indian wood oats

Mature height :2-5ft

Mature spread:3-5ft

Bloom Time:July-Sept

Sun Exposure: Full Sun Part Sun

Soil moisture: Dry Average

Soil Ph:5-7

Soil Type: Clay Soil- High clay content, fine texture

Loamy Soil- mostly silt, sand, some clay

Organic soil- high level of decayed leaves, bark

Sandy soil, coarse texture

Native Habitat: Streambanks, alluvial woods

Notes: Groundcover Erosion Control Four Season Interest

High Wildlife Value: Songbirds Game Birds Small Mammals Waterfowl

FACW- Usually occur in wetlands, but may occur in non-wetlands

FAC- Occur in wetlands and non-wetlands

Native to Coastal Regions

Native To Mountain Regions

Native to Piedmont Regions

Threatened / Endangered: Michigan

Native Grass

Chasmanthium latifolium, Northern Sea Oats, Native Grasses, Perennial Grass Plugs

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Inflorescence: Spikelet
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: 2 to 4 feet tall
Leaf: Green
Fruit: Tan
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AL , AR , AZ , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MI , MO , MS , NC , NJ , NM , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV
Native Distribution: Eastern North America, from PA south to n. FL, west as far as s. IL, e. KS, and central TX and south to Nuevo Leon in northeastern Mexico
Native Habitat: Shaded slopes; low thickets; stream banks

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Moist sands, loams, and clays. Poorly drained okay.
Conditions Comments: Avoid planting in continuous full sun, as its leaves turn yellowish without adequate shade. The more water it receives, the more tolerant it will be of intense sun, but it still prefers shade.


Use Ornamental: An attractive, dense-covering grass for shade, with decorative seedheads. Also good in pots.
Use Wildlife: Seeds eaten by small mammals and granivorous birds. Leaves provide graze for mammals. Stems and leaves used as nesting material by birds.
Use Other: Cut seed stalks decorative in dried arrangements.
Interesting Foliage: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Pepper & salt skipper butterfly, Bell’s road side skipper butterfly, Bronzed roadside skipper butterfly
Deer Resistant: High

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