Agrostis scabra

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Agrostis scabra Willd.

Poaceae

Life form: grass

Exposure: sun   4

Moisture: moderately moist

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: linear

Division: simple

Shape: not specified
Fruit: caryopsis

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Inflorescence: not specified

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Liliopsida
Subclassis:
Commelinidae
Superordo:
Poanae
Ordo:
Poales

Agrostis scabra is a grass.

Naming

Agrostis scabra was described by Carl Ludwig von Willdenow in 1797. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Agrostis scabra is a species in the genus Agrostis which contains approximately 239 to 358 species and belongs to the family of the Poaceae (Grass Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The grasses reach heights of 1,5 to 1 metres, they have a erect habit and have an upright habit. The main growing season is in spring.

Leaves

Agrostis scabra is deciduous. The dark-green, simple leaves are alternate. They are linear with entire margins and parallel venation. The foliage is porous.

Flowers and Fruits

Agrostis scabra produces yellow flowers from June to July.

The grasses produce only few brown caryopses in summer.

Root System

Distribution

Agrostis scabra is native to Northeast Asia, North America and Greenland and is naturalized in Germany and Austria.

Cultivation

The grasses prefer a sunny situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should be comparatively poor with a pH between 6 and 8. The plants need a soil depth of at least 30 centimetres for good growth. They tolerate temperatures down to -35°C (USDA zone 4) and need a frost-free period of at least 13 weeks.

Tolerance of special soil conditions

  • low: soil salinity, anaerobic soil, drought, calcareous soil

Uses

The ornamental value of Agrostis scabra lies especially in the attractive autumn aspect.

Maintenance and Propagation

Propagate by sowing.

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große 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.

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