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PlantFiles: Silver Plume Grass
Saccharum alopecuroides

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Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Saccharum (SAK-er-um) (Info)
Species: alopecuroides (al-oh-pek-yur-OH-id-eez) (Info)

Synonym:Erianthus alopecuroides

Category:
Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo
Perennials

Height:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:
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

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Foliage:
Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive KanapahaLEW On Dec 4, 2009, KanapahaLEW from Alachua, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a Florida native clumping grass. I have numerous clumps spread over a large sunny, very dry, relatively infertile area of sandy soil. The drainage is excellent. The grass produces beautiful large plumes in the fall that reach to 5 feet tall. It does not appear to be invasive as it is scattered throughout this large area along with many other natives.

Regional...

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

Gainesville, Florida
Chattanooga, Tennessee



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