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Coleataenia rigidula

Redtop panicgrass

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.

Species name - Container sizeCommon nameStockPriceQuantity PricingAdd to request
Coleataenia rigidula - Plug

Redtop panicgrass

30 in stock

$2.4272+ $1.21ea

Plant type

  • Grass / Grasslike

Mature Height

  • Up to 6'

Wetland Indicator Status

  • (FACW) Facultative wetland


  • Bird Supportive
  • Summer Bloomer
  • Fall Color
  • Butterfly and Pollinator Supportive

Planting Zone

  • Temporarily Inundated / Shallow Land
  • Riparian Zone
  • Floodplain
  • Slope
  • Riparian Buffer
  • Buffer

Classification by Use

  • Constructed Wetland
  • Erosion Control
  • SCM (Stormwater Control Measure)
  • Showy Native
  • Stream Restoration
  • Wetland Mitigation