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Ctenium aromaticum


Florida native


An occasional grass of wet flatwoods and bogs throughout much of the panhandle and down the Florida peninsula, more in the central and eastern counties. The range includes the southeastern coastal states from Louisiana into Virginia, plus New Jersey.
The culms are erect to over a meter (~ 3 ft.) tall with the inflorescence typically a single spike up to 15 cm (6 in.) long appearing in spring and summer. The spikelets are sessile, pubescent, up to 11 mm (15/32 in.) long and are set in two closely spaced rows. Leaves are up to 46 cm (18 in.) long and 5mm (0.2 in.) wide. The narrow blades are dark green and scabrous above, paler and glabrous on the underside.

Ctenium aromaticum is a member of the Poaceae - Grass family.

Native Florida Plants

  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
 Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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Native landscapes are easier to maintain, use less water and thrive without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Native Florida Plants describes every type of regional flora—-from seaside foliage and wildflowers to grassy meadows, shrubs, vines, and aquatic gardens—-in 301 profiles and accompanying color photographs.

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