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Eastern gamagrass

Tripsacum dactyloides

In early summer, slender stems are topped with flowers that produce a crop of jointed seeds. Clumps get large and die out in the center, so division is necessary. Autumn frosts turn the leaves attractive shades of red-bronze. -Scott Vogt, Native grasses, Fine Gardening issue #124

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThe wide leaves and lush growth have an almost tropical appearance.

CareEasy to grow. Plant in full sun or light dappled shade. It likes moist soil and tolerates standing water if it it drains relatively quickly.

PropagationDivide every three or four years in spring.

ProblemsNo serious problems.

  • Genus : Tripsacum
  • Zones : 10, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Uses : Containers
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Plant Type : Grasses
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Characteristics : Showy Fall Foliage, Showy Seed Heads

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