Silkgrass
Pityopsis graminifolia

silkgrass

Several species of silkgrass are native to dry pinelands, scrub and moist pinelands in Florida and extend up the East Coast to Delaware and west to Texas. Neither drought or cold will harm this plant. The scrub inhabiting species tend to stay as a clump while the moist pineland species sucker and make large colonies over time.

The silvery, 12 inch long leaves are one half inch wide and upright.

By August small, yellow, butterfly attracting flowers form which ripen into heads of slender seeds. The leaves are eaten by gopher tortoises which are found in this plants natural environment.

This is a very drought tolerant plant that lasts for years. The only care it needs is to remove the old leaves and flower heads at the end of November. Spread the seeds around if you want more.

Garden soil can be moist to very dry. Silk grass is naturally mixed with blazing star, partridge pea, gopher apple, rock rose, wire grass, cacti, saw palmetto and scrub oaks under the canopy of scattered slash or sand pines.

A mass of silk grass is impressive if you are following a “silver” theme.