San Antonio River Watershed. It can grow in a wide variety of conditions and prefers part shade but persists in full sun, as well. It also prefers moist to wet soils – but can tolerate extreme drought conditions – and is often found in the floodplains of creeks and rivers. This warm season grass can grow in all soil types including sand, clay, loam and calcareous and acid-based soils.
Eastern gamagrass typically grows from three to six feet in height, but it can reach up to nine feet in certain conditions. The leaves form a large mound that can grow to a diameter of four feet, and the leaf edges can be extremely sharp. This plant has separate male and female flowers arranged on the same spike, and the flower spike looks like a large turkey foot.