chasmanthium latifolium (northern sea oats)

Size: 1 gallon
  • AKA uniola latifolia
  • loose upright clump of light green pendulous blades turn yellow in the fall
  • seed stems produce delicate pendulous seeds in late summer, persisting into the winter
  • dangling green flower spikes mature to a pinkish-bronze and can be used as cut or dried flowers
  • bloom time: august to september
  • warm season grasses are much slower starting in the spring
  • they do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer
  • they flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter
  • most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions
  • zone 4
  • height 75-90cm 
  • spread 30-60cm 
  • colour brown
  • best grown in dappled shade, in moist conditions
  • fruiting is better in full sun, leaves are darker in some shade
  • sometimes our season is long enough to allow them to self-seed, thickening the clump
  • seedlings are easily removed
  • prune foliage in late winter
  • full sun, partial sun/shade
  • attracts butterflies
  • deer resistant 
  • long blooming 
  • low maintenance
  • (image courtesy of NVK nurseries, NVK holdings inc.)