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Fakahatchee Grass, Eastern Gamagrass

Tripsacum dactyloides

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tripsacum (TRIP-suh-kum) (Info)
Species: dactyloides (dak-ty-LO-id-eez) (Info)


Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)


Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports)

Naples, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Zolfo Springs, Florida

Frederick, Maryland

Sturgis, Mississippi

Merit, Texas

Spring Branch, Texas

Sugar Land, Texas

Leesburg, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 24, 2009, terichris from Naples, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Mine does very well in southern Florida. It is planted in really poor soil & gets very little water. I cut it back all the way 3 times a year.


On Apr 16, 2008, janlark from Auburndale, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I had the same experience. When it's dry, it's unhappy; and when it's unhappy it puts on an ugly face. I have three dwarf plants that got 30 minutes of irrigation weekly and still look like haystacks.


On Sep 10, 2006, sunshine_gardener from Jacksonville, FL wrote:

I planted 40 plants four years ago in a moist area along a lagoon and they flourished. This year, 2006, Northeast Florida experienced low rain fall and my moist area turned dry. This is the first time this has happened in recent memory. All 40 plants are dead or dying. I was quite surprised this Florida native did so poorly with lower rainfall.