Florida Gama Grass

Tripsacum floridanum


Member Price: $39.95

Florida Gama Grass
Florida Gama Grass

Florida Gama Grass

Tripsacum floridanum

Price: $44.95

Member Price: $39.95

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Florida Gama Grass (Tripsacum floridanum) is a distinctive and versatile native grass that thrives in the southeastern United States. This warm-season perennial grass adds textural interest and a sense of movement to the landscape, making it a valuable addition to various garden settings.

The Overall Plant

Florida Gama Grass is a clump-forming perennial grass that can reach a height of 2-3 feet and a spread of 2-3 feet. It is native to Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, where it typically grows in wet prairies, pine flatwoods, and moist hammocks. Hardy in USDA zones 9-10, this grass is well-adapted to the hot, humid conditions of the southeastern United States.

One of the most notable characteristics of Florida Gama Grass is its adaptability to a wide range of growing conditions. The plant can tolerate various soil types, including sandy, loamy, or clay soils, as long as the soil is well-draining. It is also drought-tolerant once established, making it a low-maintenance option for gardeners in the region.

The Foliage

The foliage of Florida Gama Grass is characterized by its long, arching, bluish-green leaves that gracefully sway in the breeze, adding movement and visual interest to the garden. The leaves are typically 1 to 2 inches wide and can reach lengths of up to 3 feet, with a unique texture that resembles a combination of corn and sugarcane leaves.

The attractive foliage of Florida Gama Grass makes it an excellent choice for various garden styles, including naturalistic, native, or wildlife gardens. It can be used as a tall ground cover, in mass plantings, or even as a specimen plant to provide a striking focal point.

The Flowers

Florida Gama Grass produces unique and interesting flowers from late spring to early summer. The flowers appear on tall, slender stalks that rise above the foliage. Each stalk is topped with a horizontal inflorescence, which consists of a series of spikelets arranged in two rows along one side of the stalk. The flowers are typically greenish-white to purplish in color and are wind-pollinated.

While the flowers of Florida Gama Grass may not be as showy as those of some other grasses, they provide additional texture and interest to the plant's overall appearance. Additionally, the flowers are a valuable resource for local pollinators and can contribute to the biodiversity of the garden.

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Every plant comes with our expert planting guide that will cover the specifics to ensure your plant grows absolutely nuts. It also comes with our free 30 day guarantee so if you aren't happy we got you covered.

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Mature height: 2-3 ft.

Mature width: 2-3 ft.

Sunlight: Full-Partial Shade

Growth rate: Moderate

Growing zones:

Outdoor: 9-10