Northern Sea Oats

Chasmanthium latifolium

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Attractive, bamboo-like foliage and showy, dangling, flat oat-like flower spikes make an effective accent around water features. Foliage turns coppery in fall, brown in winter. Tolerates ocean salt spray. Perennial. Partial sun. Clumping grass with sturdy stems. Fast grower to 2 to 3 feet tall, 2 feet wide. Seed grown.
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Filtered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.

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Botanical Pronunciationchas-MAN-thee-um lat-ee-FOH-lee-um
Average Size at MaturityFoliage clumps quickly reach 2 to 3 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower ColorGreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Cottage, Rustic
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseMass Planting, Very Wet Areas, Water Garden, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Wet Soils, Fast Growing, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Key FeatureShowy Water Garden Accent

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.

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