Published on May 13, 2012 by Casey
Drooping seed heads hang in clusters from slightly arching stems topping an upright clump of bamboo-like foliage. Green leaves turn copper in fall and the seed heads emerge green but turn purplish bronze by late summer then dry to a straw color. Clumping grasses like this provide nest sites and winter cover for quail and sparrows. They also provide fall and winter seeds for a number of birds including cardinals, towhees, juncos, sparrows and finches.
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Woods, thickets and bottomland; New Jersey to Illinois to Kansas south to Texas and Florida.
Northern sea oats is one of the few native grasses that grows well in shade. You can plant it in the border, shade garden, naturalized areas, along streams or on the edge of a water garden. It also grows well in large containers.
Plan Sub Group
• Low Grasses
• Filtered Shade
• Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
• Late Summer
• Deer Resistant
• Dry Shade
• Drought tolerant
• Cut or dried flower