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Plants of the UNF Campus

Tripsacum dactyloides - Fakahatchee grass
Family Poaceae


A dozen or more species of Tripsacum are native to warm regions of the Americas. The genus Tripsacum is very closely related to Zea (maize) and hybrids between the two genera are reported. Fakahatchee grass is native throughout Florida and much of the eastern United States. Its dense, fibrous root system is excellent for erosion control. Relatively large seeds produced in late summer are a wildlife food. 


See this plant around parking lot 2 and around pond ‘H’ behind building 6.


Herbaceous perennial with leaves to three to six feet tall.

Care Instructions:

Light: full sun to part shade

Water: somewhat drought tolerant, may require irrigation during a drought

Soil: adaptable, no special requirements

This native grass is easy to grow in northeast Florida. While it grows naturally in moist locations, it is reasonably drought tolerant in the garden.

Tripsacum dactyloides