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Native Plants Series: Northern Sea Oats

I am starting to get requests from clients for Northern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) in their native garden designs. It is known for its flat, drooping seed heads (click on one of the hashtags at the bottom of this post to see more photos). It is also one of the few grasses that can be grown in part shade, although it prefers full sun.

This plant will add lots of texture and movement to your garden. It spreads aggressively, so either plant it in an area where you want it to spread or cut the seed heads off in fall - these can be used for dried flower arrangements or other seasonal decor.

Northern sea oats can be grown in average, medium to wet soils, although it does prefer a more moist, fertile spot.

Sources: USDA, Missouri Botanical Garden

PHOTO: Nennieinszweidrei on Pixabay

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