Bromus catharticus Vahl
Bromus catharticus is a grass.
Bromus catharticus was described by Martin Vahl in 1791. The name is considered as validly published.
The grasses reach heights of 80 to 100 centimetres and are comparatively fast-growing and short-lived. They have a erect habit and have an upright habit, the main growing season is from fall to spring.
Bromus catharticus is deciduous. The dark-green, simple leaves are alternate. They are linear with entire margins and parallel venation. The foliage is dense in summer and porous in winter.
Flowers and Fruits
Bromus catharticus produces panicles of yellow flowers from June to November.
The grasses produce an abundance of brown caryopses in spring.
Bromus catharticus is native to South America and is naturalized in the Southeast of the US and Southern Europe.
The grasses prefer a sunny situation. The substrate should be comparatively rich with a pH between 5,5 and 8. The plants need a soil depth of at least 30 centimetres for good growth. They tolerate temperatures down to -35Â°C (USDA zone 4) and need a frost-free period of at least 11 weeks.
Tolerance of special soil conditions
- none: anaerobic soil
- low: drought
- medium: soil salinity
- high: calcareous soil
Suited as cut flowers.
Maintenance and Propagation
Propagate by sowing.
Pests and Diseases
- Walter Erhardt, Erich GÃ¶tz, Nils BÃ¶deker, Siegmund Seybold: Der groÃe Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
- Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.