The Dirty Gardener Tripsacum Dactyloides Eastern Gamma Grass
Also called 'ice cream grass' by ranchers because livestock like it so much. High in protein. This relative of corn makes tall, dense thickets when it finds the right conditions to grow, and can be useful as a boundary between one part of your landscape and another. When we lived in North Texas, we used it along the western border of our vegetable garden, in a low place where it enjoyed the extra moisture and poor drainage. The blooms and seeds are very interesting, and wildlife loves the plant as a whole! In tamer landscapes, you'll want to cut back the old leaves before the new ones start to appear in the Spring. But, be careful to check for butterfly eggs and pupae before you dispose of the old leaves and stems. Eastern Gama grass is a larval food of choice for the BuncThe Dirty Gardenerrass Skipper butterfly.
- Excellent forage grass for livestock
- Highly nutritious and attracts butterflies
- Grows from 4 to 8 feet tall and does well in full sun to partial shade
- Prefers wet to medium soils