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Aristida stricta

Common Name(s):
Pineland threeawn, Wiregrass
Categories:
Native Plants, Ornamental Grass, Perennials
Comment:

An ornamental warm-season grass in the Poaceae family.  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. The leaves are needle-like and have a white fuzz around the base. Flowers are small and inconspicous. The grass produces yellow seed.

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.

 

 

Height:
1-2 ft.
Flower Color:
Inconspicuous
Tags:
cover, seed, mammals, reptiles, birds, wildlife, fall interest, winter interest

NCCES plant id: 3165

Aristida stricta Wiregrass will only reseed if burned during its growing season.
FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0
Aristida stricta var. beyrichiana Inflorescence
Mary Keim, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0