Friday, May 23, 2014

Northern Sea Oats - Chasmanthium latifolium - Ornamental Grass for Utah

Northern Sea Oats - Chasmanthium latifolium - is a beautiful ornamental grass and it grows very well in Utah's climate.  It gets 2 or 3 feet tall and 2 or 3 feet wide.  Native to the Southeastern United States and Northeastern Mexico, Northern Sea Oats can thrive in our harsh climate on the Wasatch Front.  It has a vase-like form and develops interesting dangly seed heads that turn tan and brown as the summer  progresses.  It is a clumping grass, not a running grass, so it won't spread and take over.  It has moderate water needs - not much spring and fall, but it will need a regular soaking during the hot times of summer.  Excellent in mass plantings or with flowering perennials of similar heights, like Echinacea, Daylilies and Rudbeckia.
Chasmanthium latifolium - grows well in Utah

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