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Tripsacum dactyloides

Eastern Gama Grass

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Tripsacum dactyloides (Eastern Gama Grass)

A warm season, clump-forming grass with leaf blades that are gray-green, arching and narrow. May through September, 10 inch long purple and orange flower spikes arch above the blades. It naturalizes though self-seeding and creeping rhizomes. This grass is excellent both for wildlife and for livestock forage.

Additional Information:


Height
4-8 Feet

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Spread
4-6 Feet

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USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Marsh Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis), Ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata), Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FAC+

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)
Mid (May-June)

Soil Moisture

Moderate
High

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

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