Coleataenia rigidula is a grass native throughout the southeast. It is naturally found in moist to wet conditions, and grows best in full sun to part shade. It can grow up to three feet tall during the growing season, and dies back to a few inches in the winter. Leaving dormant stems up provides excellent over-wintering habitat for pollinators. This plant produces red seeds in the fall that are showy and attract birds. Like most native grasses, it is fairly resistant to deer. This is also an important host plant to several native butterfly species. Coleataenia rigidula is an excellent plant for restoration projects and erosion control, or to use as a border/screen in a yard or rain garden.
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