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Marcus, Joseph A.
Eleocharis montevidensis Kunth
USDA Symbol: ELMO2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The graceful, hairlike leaves of this spikerush are seen almost anywhere there are low-lying wet areas in full sun. Growing in dense mats, it can cover many meters with its delicate foliage and dainty, cone-like flowerheads.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Grass/Grass-like Root Type: Fibrous Leaf Arrangement: Alternate Leaf Venation: Parallel Inflorescence:
bright yellowish green Flower:
Yellow to brown tiny Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Minute, reddish cone
AL , AZ , CA , CO , FL , GA , KS , LA , MS , NC , NM , OK , SC , TX Native Distribution:
North America south to South America Native Habitat:
Moist, low-lying areas USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2) , Acidic (pH<6.8) , Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
Drought Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Acidic to alkaline both okay, as long as there is sufficient moisture. Can tolerate some brackishness.
Conditions Comments: In moist to marshy, seasonally flooded areas in full sun.
BenefitUse Wildlife: All parts eaten by many species of waterfowl and shore birds.
Use Other: Good as a lawn replacement for low, wet areas.
PropagationPropagation Material: Root Division
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1036
Collected 2011-06-07 in Montgomery County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2009-01-30
Research By: TWC Staff