Trillium Ridge Flora and Fauna
Northern Sea Oats
Chasmanthium latifolium
Location: various locations in meadows and edge of woods
One of the most ornamental of all our native grasses, Northern Sea Oats is remarkable for its extraordinary seedheads.The flat, wheat-like seeds catch sunlight in a most flattering way, especially in the evening and morning. Grows three to four feet tall, in full sun to moderate shade. Not a true prairie grass, it occurs in wooded flood plains and on rich, shaded slopes from Missouri to New Jersey and southwards. Performs admirably on well-drained to slightly damp soils, and is excellent for planting under the light shade of oaks and hickories. Looks great when planted along semi-shaded woodland edges.The seedheads are positively stunning in dried arrangements!
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Genus: Chasmanthium (sea oats, indian oats)
Family: Poaceae (grasses)
Order: Cyperales (grasses and sedges)
Class: Liliopsida (Monocots)
Phylum/Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
Kingdom: Plantae (Plants)