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Old 10-04-2012, 02:54 PM   #1
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Default Native plants: River oats graceful perennial ornamental grass

Native plants: River oats graceful perennial ornamental grass
10:09 a.m. EDT, October 4, 2012
Posted by Kathy Van Mullekom

Native plants: River oats graceful perennial ornamental grass - dailypress.com
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River oats, or inland sea oats is notable for its large, graceful seed heads, says Helen Hamilton, past president of the John Clayton Chapter, Virginia Native Plant Society.

This is a 2-4 foot clump-forming perennial grass, Chasmanthium latifolium, with flat, drooping, flower spikelets along slender, arching branches. In May the plant is a vivid green, and by mid-summer the seeds turn ivory, then brown before dropping off in the fall.

The blue-green, bamboo-like leaves appear inů
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