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Aristida stricta

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Description

Aristida stricta is an ornamental warm-season grass in the Poaceae family that is found in sandhills and coastal plain regions of the United States.  Wiregrass will only produce viable seed if burned during the growing season. Wiregrass is a perennial, warm-season grass that may grow 1-2 feet in height.

Regions: Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Seasons of Interest:

     Bloom: Fall; Fruit/Nut/Seed: Fall/Winter

Wildlife Value:  Provides cover year round. Produces seeds eaten by quail and songbirds and provides cover for many birds, reptiles, and small mammals. White-tailed deer may browse foliage but this plant is highly resistant to damage.

Cultivars:
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Cultivars:
Tags:
#native#fall#birds#perennial#wildlife plant#cover plant#winter interest#fall interest#ornamental grass#seeds#coastal#mammals#reptiles#small mammals#sandy soil#fall flower#deer resistant#quail#perennial grass#warm-season grass#yellow fruits
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Aristida
    Species:
    stricta
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Wildlife Value:
    Provides cover year round. Produces seeds eaten by quail and songbirds and provides cover for many birds, reptiles, and small mammals. White-tailed deer may browse foliage but this plant is highly resistant to damage.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Enhancement
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    deer damage
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Ornamental Grass
    Perennial
  • Cultural Conditions:
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Description:
    The grass produces yellow seed.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Insignificant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are small and inconspicuous.
  • Leaves:
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    The leaves are needle-like and have a white fuzz around the base.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Winter Garden
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer