Alopecurus alpinus Sm.
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Alopecurus alpinus is a grass.
Alopecurus alpinus was described by DomÃnique Villars in 1786. The name is considered as validly published.
The comparatively short-lived grasses have a semi-erect habit and spread slowly. The main growing season is in spring and summer.
Alopecurus alpinus 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
Alopecurus alpinus produces spikes of white flowers from April to May.
The grasses produce only few green caryopses from spring to summer.
The plants produce rhizomes which give rise to vegetative spread.
The grasses prefer a half-shady situation. They prefer sandy, gritty-sandy, loamy, sandy-loamy, clay, sandy clay or loamy clay soil with a pH between 5 and 7,5. The plants need a soil depth of at least 15 centimetres for good growth. They tolerate temperatures down to -29Â°C (USDA zone 5) and need a frost-free period of at least 17 weeks.
Tolerance of special soil conditions
- low: drought
- medium: soil salinity, calcareous soil
- high: anaerobic 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.