NORTHERN SEA OATS(*)

Chasmanthium latifolium

Chasmanthium latifolium, a clump-forming, upright, ornamental grass, is a Missouri native plant which typically grows 2-5′ and most often occurs in rich woods or rocky slopes along streams and on moist bluffs. This grass is perhaps most distinguished by the flat, drooping seed heads which hang in terminal clusters on thread-like pedicils from slightly arching stems.  Seed heads will flutter when caressed by even the softest of breezes. Seed heads emerge green but turn purplish bronze by late summer.  Bright green leaves (5-9″ long) turn a coppery color after frost and eventually brown by winter.  Excellent for dried flower arrangements. Common name of inland sea oats is in reference to the similarity of the seed heads to those of oats. This grass was once known as Uniola latifolia.

Provides excellent contrast and texture almost year-round to the border, shaded garden, native plant garden, naturalized area, along streams or on the periphery of the water garden.  Naturalize or use as specimens or accents.  It is extremely hardy, loosely tufted clumping grass with graceful drooping flower.

SPECS: Native Name: XXXX; Genus: Chasmanthium ; Species: Latifolium ; Plant Type: Grass; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade; Soil Moisture: Medium Wet, Mesic (middle); Height: 2′ — 5′; Spread: 2′; Plant Spacing: 1′ — 2′; Bloom Time: August — September; Bloom Color: Green; Advantages: Low maintenance, Showy; USDA Zone: 3 — 8; Attracts: Butterflies, Skippers; Tolerant: Drought; Plant Community: Chinese Silver Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Kaskade'), 'Cloud Nine' --Switch Grass-- (Panicum virgatum), Autumn Joy (Sedum 'Herbstfreude'), Virginian Bluebells (Mertensia virginica).;