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Uniola paniculata L.
Sea Oats, Seaoats
Poaceae (Grass Family)
USDA Symbol: UNPA
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 8 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Brown
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: 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 ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
National Wetland Indicator Status
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Uniola paniculata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Uniola paniculata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Uniola paniculata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff