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Green, bamboo-like foliage turns coppery when the temps drop. Distinctive drooping green seed heads turn purplish in the fall.
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Northern Sea Oats is unique for its signature drooping seed heads and bamboo-like leaves, but is also more shade-tolerant than most tall grasses. This grass is attractive near ponds or moving water, and birds are attracted to the seed heads in the summer and fall. Green leaves turn coppery in the fall, then may brown out in the winter. Cut back the foliage in late winter or early spring before new shoots begin to emerge.
|Common Name||Northern Sea Oats, River Oats, Inland Sea Oats, Wild Oats|
|Mature Size||2 - 3 feet tall and wide|
|Growth Rate||Moderate to fast|
|Cold Hardiness||-20 ° F|
|Characteristics||Semi-evergreen, attracts birds, tolerates moist soil|
|Light||Sun to partial sun|
|Bloom Color||Green seed heads turn purplish in the fall|
|Bloom Time||Seed head form in summer|
|Uses||Woodland gardens, container planters, borders, along ponds and streams|
|Photos||Real images, not stock photos|