Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


  • Product Info

    River-Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium)
    Grass Family
    Don’t let the name deceive you, this grass can tolerate average soil moisture as well as regular flooding. Shade-tolerant and showy, River-Oats is a beautiful grass best suited for naturalizing and erosion control, but not for the small garden. Watch as it emerges in spring and you will see a flush of colors from indigo, to blue, to green, and even some deep orange. Bright green seed heads will develop on drooping stems that turn into a golden yellow in the fall–leave seed heads up for interest all winter for you and the birds.
    Blooms: Green, 4-6 weeks, July-Sep
    Leaves: Soft green, stiff leaves turn shades of orange, purple, and brown in the fall
    Height: 2-5’
    Space: 1-2’
    Soil: Average-Moist-Dry-Wet
    Exposure: Full sun-Part sun-Part shade-Shade
    Fauna: Larval host to several butterflies and skippers, ground cover and food for birds and small animals
    Seeds: Flat, oat-like seed heads on drooping stalks
    Deer Resistance: High
    Zone: 5-9
    Native Status: NC native, common across the state
    Provenance: North Carolina, seed grown