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Tripsacum dactyloides

Tripsacum dactyloides
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Price:  £6.50
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Family:  Poaceae
Main Season:  Summer
Flower Colour:  Green
Leaf Colour:  Green
Foliage:  Deciduous
Position:  Sun
Soil Type:  Ordinary, medium loam
Height:  1.2m to 1.8m (4' to 6')
Peat Free?  Yes
Hardiness Guide:  RHS H7 minimum at least -20C
Pot Size:  1.4L

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Clumps of bright green, broad leaves on this hardy perennial American grass related to Maize. Fascinating spikes of chunky flowers on strong stems to 1.5m. Good, drained soil in sun.

Very rarely seen as an ornamental grass but definitely worth trying if you like something different.  I've grown this for over 20 years and found it to be reliably hardy but it could probably do with more rainfall than we get here in Norfolk, it grows but doesn't get that big.

The, almost glossy, wide leaves make an attractive arching clump on their own and the flowers just add to the interest with upright, sometimes branched spikes with relatively few individual florets.  Well behaved, it has never self-seeded and makes tight clumps.

From the Americas where it is known as Eastern Gamagrass.