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Northern Sea Oats

Plant Leaf

Full Plant

Plant Berry/Flower

Latin Name: Chasmanthium latiofolium

Flower Description:

Flowering occurs in mid to late summer (July to August). The tiny, green flowers are in flat spikelet held on a thin, arching stalk. The flowers are wind pollinated.

Season BloomMid to late summer (July to August)
HabitatMoist, well-drained soil, partial shade but will tolerate full sun if soil moisture is adequate. Excellent nesting habitat for rails and snipes. Harvested for insulation in ice packing houses and used for rug making. Larval Host for Mulberry Wing butterfly.
Leaf DescriptionMany grasses have long leaves that originate at the base of the plant and are very upright. Northern sea-oats has shorter leaves that diverge from stems at various angles, giving the plant more of a bamboo-like appearance. Leaves turn golden in fall.
Soil Type Wet
Light Source Sun