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Chasmanthium latifolium
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Chasmanthium latifolium
Scientific classification

Chasmanthium latifolium, known as woodoats, inland sea oats, northern sea oats, and river oats is a grass native to the central and eastern United States, Manitoba, and northeastern Mexico; it grows as far north as Pennsylvania and Michigan, where it is a threatened species. The species was previously classified as Uniola latifolia (André Michaux).


Chasmanthium latifolium is a cool-season, rhizomatous perennial grass with stems about 1 m [3 feet] tall. The plant typically grows in wooded areas and riparian zones.


Chasmanthium latifolium, northern sea oats

It is used in landscaping in North America, where it is noted as a relatively rare native grass that thrives in partial shade; the plant is recommended for USDA hardiness zones 3–9 in acidic sands, loams, and clays.


It is a larval host plant for the Northern Pearly-Eye, and its seeds are food for birds and mammals. It is also eaten by the caterpillars of the pepper and salt skipper, Bell's roadside skipper, and bronzed roadside skipper butterflies.

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