Dwarf Fakahatchee Ornamental Grass
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Dwarf Fakahatchee Grass, Florida Gamagrass, Low Maintenance, Easy-Growing evergreen, Fast Growing
Dwarf Fakahatchee Grass, Tripsacum floridanum, commonly known as Florida Gamagrass, is a smaller relative of Fakachatchee Grass (Tripacum dactyloides). This Florida native grass is easy to grow and maintain which makes it a great addition to any landscapes. It acclimates to most soils and is one of the most shade tolerant grasses, growing best in full sun or light shade. Another great feature is its tolerance to both wet soil conditions and droughts.
Dwarf Fakahatchee grass is an evergreen clumping grass with thin, slender blades. Distinctive rust-colored flower spikes stand a little taller than the foliage. It prefers wet soil conditions but is also quite drought tolerant. It is one of the most shade tolerant grasses, This variety can be distinguished by a couple characteristics. It has noticeably more narrow blades than its non-dwarf relative and also a smaller mature height of about 2 to 3 feet.
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Growing Zones: 8-10 outdoors
|Mature Height:||2-3 ft.|
|Mature Width:||2-3 ft.|
|Sunlight:||Full sun, Partial Shade|
|Foliage - Blooms||Attractive Foliage, Evergreen|
|Uses||Beds and Borders, Medium Hedge, Coastal Regions, Containers|
|Characteristics||Low Maintenance, Year round interest, Heat tolerant|
|Soil Conditions:||Prefers well Drain soils|
|Does Not Ship To:||AZ|
Dwarf Fakahatchee Grass native to Florida is an herbaceous perennial that forms a dense, upright clump of long grass-like leaves that grow from a short, thick, underground rhizomes. Blades are noticeably narrow and grow to a height of about 3 to 4 feet and spreads to form a clump up to 3-4-feet wide. The flowers appear in somewhat showy spikes, with rust colored anthers. These spikes appear in spring and summer.
PLANT BENEFITS AND KEY FEATURES
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Planting and Care
PLANTING is recommended from early spring to early fall before frost sets in, select an area with FULL SUN, ornamental grasses are easily grown in a wide range of soils, including clay, alkaline and compacted soils, avoid wet soggy soils, once established grasses are highly adaptable and drought resistant. When planting dig a hole 6-12 inches wider than your new plant's root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is parallel with the ground level, this is very important, planting the plant deeper than the original top soil line may severely damage the tree. Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated upright, use the excavated soil to back fill around the root ball, tamp down to ensure air pockets are eliminated, thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball. A 2-3 inch layer of organic hardwood mulch is strongly recommended, it will help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply the mulch over the entire planting area.
WATER your new ornamental grass weekly during the first 2 months to establish a strong root system, Once your plant(s) is established rainfall should suffice for your grass's watering needs, you should increase water frequency during extremely hot days, you should always verify the top 2-3 inches of soil, if dry to the touch is time to water.
LIGHT, thrives in full sun, can tolerate partial shade.
FERTILIZE your plants during spring before new growth begins. Applying a slow-release, 180 days duration, well balance fertilizer is probably the simplest solution and least expensive.
PRUNING Ornamental grasses can be cut back at anytime once the foliage turns brown, however under cool conditions early spring is a good time to trim, cut off about 2/3 of the upper section, most ornamental grasses will regrow fairly quick, providing new blooms by early summer, see more details on how to cut back.
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