PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).

Chasmanthium latifolium
Northern Sea Oats, Spangle Grass
Type/Hardiness Grass, Hardy
Flowering period Late summer-early autumn
Height 18-36in/45cm-1m
Light preference Part or full shade
Soil preference Moist, fertile, free-draining
Sowing time/depth Autumn, Spring,
The photograph really does not do this delightful grass justice! Growing to a maximum of a metre or so (usually somewhat less), the erect stems resemble miniature bamboo in their growth habit. The seed heads are, however, quite different, being delicate, flat, diamond shapes - almost like spear heads - which hang from fine stems, nodding and catching the light beautifully (hence, I guess, the common name 'Spangle Grass'!). Unlike many grasses, Northern Sea Oats flourish in full or dappled shade, where their colour is a rich light-green. However, they are generally happy in a sunny spot, but the colour is a darker green. In autumn they turn a rich coppery-brown. A very useful plant for flower arrangements. Planted en masse, they make good ground cover. I have not found them to be invasive. The edible seeds, which are retained on the plant for months, are a good food source for birds. N.B. An alternative name is Uniola latifolia.
Sowing and/or growing instructions
Sow in pots in spring - may benefit from the shelter of a cold frame.
Seed
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