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Saccharum alopecuroides

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Erianthus alopecuroides
Phonetic Spelling
SAK-er-um al-oh-pek-yur-OH-id-eez
Description

Silver Plume Grass is a native ornamental grass found along roadsides, fields and woodland borders the eastern and central U.S.A. This plant grows best in meadows and natural areas.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#wildlife plant#NC native#fields#native ornamental grass#larval host plant#food source herbage#coastal FAC#Piedmont Mountains FAC#bird friendly#food source hard mast fruit#mammals#butterfly friendly#butterfly larvae#pollinator garden#audubon#woodlands#common wood-nymph butterfly#various skipper butterflies
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#wildlife plant#NC native#fields#native ornamental grass#larval host plant#food source herbage#coastal FAC#Piedmont Mountains FAC#bird friendly#food source hard mast fruit#mammals#butterfly friendly#butterfly larvae#pollinator garden#audubon#woodlands#common wood-nymph butterfly#various skipper butterflies
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Saccharum
    Species:
    alopecuroides
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern and central U.S.A.
    Wildlife Value:
    This is a larval host plant that supports various skipper larvae and Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) which have one brood from late May to October. Adult Common Wood-Nymph butterflies feed on rotting fruit and flower nectar.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Ornamental Grasses and Sedges
    Perennial
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Description:
    Fruits are available November-December.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Flower Description:
    Flowers bloom in October.
  • Leaves:
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds