Uniola paniculata, Sea Oats, Seaside Oats, Arana, Arroz de Costa

Uniola paniculata

Sea Oats, Seaside Oats, Arana, Arroz de Costa
Family: Poaceae    (Formerly:Poaceae / Gramineae)
Subfamily: Chloridoideae
USDA Zone: 6-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapGroundcover and low-growing 2ft plantSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunDry conditionsModerate waterOrnamental foliageSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeFlood tolerant plantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Uniola paniculata is suitable for use as a groundcover and low-growing (2ft) grass. It prefers full sun and moderate amounts of water in dry conditions. With its ornamental foliage and mature plant cold hardy to at least the 30s F for a short time, it is a reliable trait for gardens in USDA Zone 6-11. It is also a great plant to choose for sea side locations, since it is salt and flood tolerant.

For successful growth, it is important to provide Uniola paniculata with appropriate care. Prepare the soil in advance, blending each two parts soil, two parts sand and one part compost to ensure good drainage. Water the soil thoroughly before planting and keep it moist, but not too wet. The soil should always be kept slightly moist, but never soggy. For cold regions, potting the plants in containers and bringing them indoors during the winter season is recommended to protect them from the cold temperatures. Fertilize the plant with an organic fertilizer once in the spring and once in mid-summer to sustain its growth. It has moderate pruning needs but most often done to maintain its attractive appearance. Be sure you always use clean shears and tools when pruning and dispose of all clippings.

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