Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

American Beakgrain

Diarrhena obovata
Plant Type: Grasses / Sedges / Rushes
Native Environment: Savanna / Woodland
Season of Interest: Winter (Nov - Mar)
Main Color:
Fall Color: Yellow

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Sun Exposure 
Shade
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

20 to
30
inches

Spread:

16 to
inches
Size
Height: 20 to
30
inches
Spread: 16 to
inches
Size
Height: 20 to
30
inches
Spread: 16 to
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Low-maintenance woodland ground cover.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Performs well in shade and in dry to moist soils. Foliage yellows in full sun. Suckering begins second or third year.
Special Features
Special Usage
Ground Cover
Basic Description

Moderate-height perennial ground cover with dark green glossy medium-texture foliage that turns white-tipped in winter.

blanket of tan blades of native beakgrain grass in winter woodland setting

American beakgrain in winter. Photo by Carol Davit

blanket of dark green blades of native beakgrain grass amount trees

American beakgrain in a designed landscape. Photo by Carol Davit

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