Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Longspike Tridens

Tridens strictus
Plant Type: Grasses / Sedges / Rushes
Native Environment: Prairie
Season of Interest: Late (July - frost)
Main Color: Brown
Fall Color: Brown

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Field of brown longspike tridens in fall.
Photo: Mervin Wallace
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover, Food (Birds)
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

24 to
60
inches

Spread:

12 to
18
inches
Size
Height: 24 to
60
inches
Spread: 12 to
18
inches
Size
Height: 24 to
60
inches
Spread: 12 to
18
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Prairie and meadow plantings and native plant gardens. May be useful for soil stabilization and marginal areas.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Prefers sandy, well-drained soils, but will tolerate a wide range of soil conditions including heavy clay, low fertility, and salinity issues, and is able to endure both drought and areas that are moist for brief periods. Can be grown from seed or potted plants, and will self-seed in the proper conditions.
Special Features
Special Usage
Basic Description

Clump-forming warm-season perennial grass with long, purplish brown inflorescences, which are compact and resemble spikes, appearing July-October. The foliage consists of thin green blades up to 20″ long.

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