Eastern Gamagrass

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Eastern Gamagrass

Tripsacum dactyloides
4

6 feet
12

18 inches
Eastern US and Mexico to S. America
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  • Central Texas
  • Texas
  • Full Sun
  • Medium
  • Flowering
  • Birds

About This Plant

Full sun/part shade; a large, nearly evergreen bunchgrass with ornamental purple and orange flower spikes. It provides exceptional browse for livestock, but like other native bunchgrasses it can easily be overgrazed; herds can be rotated to allow it to recover. Eastern gamagrass can be found near river banks and other seasonally flooded, poorly drained sites, generally east of San Antonio.

Maintenance

Generally carefree, though large and coarse. It can be cropped during winter to control size — but carefully, as the wide leaves have sharp edges.

Features

Plant Type:
Grasses
Size:
4-6' H, 12-18" W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun
Soil Types:
Clay, Sandy, Thin
Wildlife:
Birds
Flower Color:
Red
Bloom Time:
February, March, April
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

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