Agropyron desertorum (Fisch. ex Link) Schult.
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Agropyron desertorum is a grass.
Agropyron desertorum was already described and the name validly published by Johann Heinrich Friedrich Link based on a prior description by Friedrich Ernst Ludwig von Fischer. It was Josef August Schultes, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1824.
The comparatively long-lived grasses have a erect habit and have an upright habit. They reach heights of to 100 centimetres and spread slowly. The main growing season is in spring and autumn.
Agropyron desertorum 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
Agropyron desertorum produces yellow flowers from March to April.
In spring the grasses produce an abundance of brown caryopses that are persistent on the plant.
The grasses prefer a sunny situation. They prefer sandy, gritty-sandy, loamy, sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil with a pH between 6 and 8,5. The plants need a soil depth of at least 25 centimetres for good growth. They tolerate temperatures down to -35Â°C (USDA zone 4) and need a frost-free period of at least 13 weeks.
Tolerance of special soil conditions
- none: anaerobic soil
- medium: soil salinity
- high: drought, calcareous soil
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.