(PLS) This native perennial grass is about 4-7' tall and unbranched. The central culm is green to light brown, terete (round in cross-section), and glabrous. The alternate leaves are located primarily along the lower half of the culm. The leaf blades are up to 3' long and 1" across; they are linear, flat, green to yellowish green, and glabrous. Each blade has a rather thick succulent texture, fine parallel veins, and a prominent midrib. The leaf blades typically curve upward from the central culm and then curve downward toward their tips. The leaf sheaths are green to yellowish green, finely ribbed, and glabrous. Each ligule at the junction of the blade and sheath has a ring of dense white hairs. The culm terminates in a raceme of floral spikes up to 1.
"The preference is full to partial sun, wet to mesic conditions, and a fertile loamy soil to sustain the prodigious growth of this grass. It also adapts to soil that is rocky or sandy if consistent moisture is maintained. This grass is somewhat aggressive, although it won't tolerate regular mowing.
|Sun Exposure||Prairie, Savanna|
|Soil Moisture||Wet, Wet Mesic, Mesic|
|Seeds Per Ounce||6,600|
Edible Uses: Unknown
Medicinal Uses: Unknown
Other Uses: The culms are much used for thatching.
Herbal Uses: Unknown