• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Foliage clumps quickly reach 2 to 3 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Water Garden Accent
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:chas-MAN-thi-um la-ti-FO-li-um
    Plant type:Ornamental Grass
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 24, 28 - 43
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Foliage clumps quickly reach 2 to 3 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Green
    Companion PlantsConeflower (Echinacea); Sweetspire (Itea); Turtlehead (Chelone); Iris (Iris); Cardinal Flower (Lobelia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Grows easily in average to poor soils; thrives in enriched, moist soils. Water deeply and regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, water as needed to maintain evenly moist soil. Leave foliage through winter to protect the clump; hard prune before new growth emerges.Pruning time: late winter to early spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Native to the damp forests and woodlands of eastern North America.

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