Chasmanthium latifolium is a clump forming, warm season, perennial grass that grows in many different situations from sun to shade, moist to dry. A Wisconsin Native that can be found across the eastern U S, it produces an abundance of beautiful pale green seed heads in midsummer that are reminiscent of the sea oats found at the beach. Panicles drop under their weight and look absolutely beautiful when backlit by the sun. This ornamental native grass is a great landscape solution for areas of dry shade. When planting, keep in mind that Northern Sea Oats will spread and reseed, so place it in appropriate locations.
A Native, Naturally! Grass, it prefers part shade to part sun in rich, moist soil. Image courtesy of Walters Gardens.