A tufted perennial weed with rough blades and ascending seedheads, which are narrow with dense flowers of gray and purple. Hairs found on upper sides of blades. Weed blades stand erect.Important Info : Common to disturbed areas, ditches, sandy beaches and turf. Found in southern Florida and the West Indies.
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Plant Category: perennials, turf grasses,
Plant Characteristics: low maintenance, spreading,
Flower Color: purples,
Tolerances: drought, heat & humidity, slope,
Bloomtime Range: not applicable
USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 to 11
AHS Heat Zone: 10 to 12
Light Range: Any
pH Range: Not defined for this plant
Soil Range: Any
Water Range: Any
LightConditions : Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Part sun or part shade plants prefer light that is filtered. Sunlight, though not direct, is important to them. Often morning sun, because it is not as strong as afternoon sun, can be considered part sun or part shade. If you live in an area that does not get much intense sun, such as the Pacific Northwest, a full sun exposure may be fine. In other areas such as Florida, plant in a location where afternoon shade will be received.
Conditions : Full Sun
Full Sun is defined as exposure to more than 6 hours of continuous, direct sun per day.
ProblemsWeeds : Preventing Weeds and Grass
Weeds rob your plants of water, nutrients and light. They can harbor pests and diseases. Before planting, remove weeds either by hand or by spraying an herbicide according to label directions. Another alternative is to lay plastic over the area for a couple of months to kill grass and weeds.
You may apply a pre-emergent herbicide prior to planting, but be sure that it is labeled for the plants you are wishing to grow. Existing beds may be spot sprayed with a nonselective herbicide, but be careful to shield those plants you do not want to kill. Non-selective means that it will kill everything it comes in contact with.
Mulch plants with a 3 inch layer of pinestraw, pulverized bark, or compost. Mulch conserves moisture, keeps weeds down, and makes it easier to pull when necessary.
Porous landscape or open weave fabric works too, allowing air and water to be exchanged.
MiscellaneousConditions : Slope Tolerant
Slope tolerant plants are those that have a fibrous root system and are often plants that prefer good soil drainage. These plants assist in erosion control by stabilizing/holding the soil on slopes intact.