northern sea oats
Chasmanthium latifolium (northern sea oats) is a native grass that produces unique, large seedheads that can be left through winter to add interest to the garden.
The foliage changes color from a blue-green when it first emerges to a vivid green before fading to brown. C. latifolium reseeds easily and therefore can be aggressive if left unchecked. A larval host plant for the Northern Pearly-Eye butterfly.
|Botanical Name||Chasmanthium latifolium|
|Common Name||northern sea oats|
|USDA Zone||3 thru 8|
|Light Requirement||Full Sun to Part Shade|
|Season(s) of interest||summer, fall, winter|
|Height and Spread||2-5ft x 1-2.5ft (60-150cm x 30-75cm)|
|Attracts Wildlife||Provides Food for Birds, Hosts Caterpillars of Butterflies/Moths, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores|
|Additional Information||Native to Chicago Region.|
|Location in Lurie Garden||Southwest Dark Plate|