SPECIAL OFFER: - Limited Time Only!
(The ad below will not display on your printed page)

Northern sea oats

Chasmanthium latifolium

Northern sea oats

The bobbing flat seedheads of Northern sea oats are distinctive, almost looking like little buff to bronze fish. It's one of the best ornamental grasses for partial shade, although it grows well in full sun, too. The arching seed heads mature to golden bronze and are effective in fresh or dried arrangements.

Leave this plant standing in winter if you like -- it's attractive with a dusting of snow. However, if you want to prevent this prolific reseeder from popping up everywhere, cut off the seed heads in fall.

Sun,Part Sun
Plant Type:
Plant Height:
30-40 inches tall
Plant Width:
18-30 inches wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Attractive Foliage,Fall Color,Winter Interest,Cut Flowers,Drought Tolerant,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Garden Plans
Bird-Friendly Garden
Plant It With

Turtlehead blooms in late summer as Northern sea oats begin to take on its golden hues. It also grows well in partial shade.


Use leadwort as a groundcover around Northern sea oats for a carpet of blue and orange-red in fall.


Plant Northern sea oats with colorful pink, red, purple, or blue asters for a stunning fall combination.