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Uniola paniculata (Sea oats)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Uniola paniculata

Sea Oats, Seaoats

Poaceae (Grass Family)

USDA Symbol: unpa

USDA Native Status:

Flat, oval, scaly, brownish spikelets are crowded into a curving cluster on a tall, smooth stem.

A spectacular grass, often used for erosion control along beaches. A similar but smaller and more delicate species, Wild Oats (U. latifolia), has pendulous spikelets and does not exceed 5 (1.5 m) in height. It is sometimes planted as an ornamental and collected for dried bouquets.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Jun , Jul


USA: AL , DE , FL , GA , LA , MD , MS , NC , SC , TX , VA
Native Distribution: Virginia south to Florida; west to Texas.
Native Habitat: Coastal sands.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Native Plant Nursery - Sanibel, FL

From the Archive

Wildflower Newsletter 1991 VOL. 8, NO.6 - Wildflower Seeds and Germination, Special Intern Appeal Enjoys Great Success, Di...

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Uniola paniculata in USDA Plants
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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