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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Chasmanthium latifolium [= Uniola latifolia]

River Oats, Fish-on-a-pole

Scientific Name:

Chasmanthium latifolium [= Uniola latifolia]

Genus:

Chasmanthium

Species Epithet:

latifolium

Common Name:

River Oats, Fish-on-a-pole

Plant Type

Grass/Sedge/Rush

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

June, July, August, September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Riverbanks, streambanks, bottomland forests, seepages and glades over mafic or calcareous rock, usually in nutrient-rich soils. Uncommon in NC mountains, common in piedmont and coastal plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Green spikelets in Summer

Garden in Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Mature spikelets in the Fall

Garden in Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

http://nc.audubon.org/700

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/find_a_plant/?q=Chasmanthium+latifolium



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