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Erianthus alopecuroides [= Saccharum alopecuroides]

Silver Plume Grass, Foxtail Plume-grass

Scientific Name:

Erianthus alopecuroides [= Saccharum alopecuroides]

Genus:

Erianthus

Species Epithet:

alopecuroides

Common Name:

Silver Plume Grass, Foxtail Plume-grass

Plant Type

Grass/Sedge/Rush

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Purple, Brown

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Fields, roadsides, woodland borders. Rare in NC mountains, common in piedmont and coastal plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Best in natural meadows.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://nc.audubon.org/700

https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=SAAL21



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