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Tried and True Native Plant Selections
for the Mid-Atlantic
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Chasmanthium latifolium (River or Wild Oats, Northern Sea Oats)
This beautiful, tall woodland grass* grows in upright clumps and produces fresh green, bamboo-like leaves that are held perpendicular at intervals on smooth, round culms (stems). Panicles stand well above the foliage with drooping, eye-catching, oat-like seed heads that rustle and shimmer in the breeze.
*It is native to DC, historical in the DE Piedmont and found in very few scattered pockets in PA. In VA, it is locally common throughout the mountains (low elevations), Piedmont and inner Coastal Plain and rare in the outer Coastal Plain. It is native to NoVA, except to Prince William County.
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