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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Tripsacum dactyloides var. dactyloides [= Tripsacum dactyloides]

Eastern Gamagrass, Fakahatchee Grass

Scientific Name:

Tripsacum dactyloides var. dactyloides [= Tripsacum dactyloides]

Genus:

Tripsacum

Species Epithet:

dactyloides

Common Name:

Eastern Gamagrass, Fakahatchee Grass

Plant Type

Grass/Sedge/Rush

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

3-6 ft., 6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Orange, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Roadsides, moist areas, disturbed areas, moist riverbanks. Uncommon in NC mountains, common in piedmont and coastal plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Can be a large plant in the garden. Leaves have sharp edges.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

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

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/tripsacum/dactyloides/

https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=TRDA3



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