Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Eastern Gama Grass

Tripsacum dactyloides
Plant Type:
Native Environment: Prairie
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Green
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

4 to
8
feet

Spread:

4 to
6
feet
Size
Height: 4 to
8
feet
Spread: 4 to
6
feet
Size
Height: 4 to
8
feet
Spread: 4 to
6
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Use in swales and moist areas. Can be used as a large accent plant in the landscape.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grow in full sun or light shade in average to moist soil. Spreads from seed.
Special Features
Special Usage
Basic Description

A robust, clump-forming, warm season grass with coarse, arching, gray-green leaf blades. Orange and purple flower spikes grow 10 in. long and arch above the foliage from May to September. Naturalizes aggressively by self-seeding.

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