Chrysopogon zizanioides (L.) Roberty
Chrysopogon zizanioides is a grass.
Chrysopogon zizanioides was already described and the name validly published by Carl Linnaeus. It was Guy Edouard Roberty, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics .
The grasses reach heights of 1,5 to 3 metres and are comparatively fast-growing and short-lived. They have a erect habit and have an upright habit, the main growing season is all year round.
Chrysopogon zizanioides has simple leaves that are alternate. The leaves are linear, entire and have parallel venation.
Flowers and Fruits
The flowers of Chrysopogon zizanioides are arranged in panicles.
In autumn the grasses carry an abundance of caryopses.
The grasses prefer poor soil with a pH between 3 and 8 and require a soil depht of at least 61 centimetres for good growth. The grasses need a frost-free period of at least 52 weeks.
Tolerance of special soil conditions
- medium: soil salinity, calcareous soil
- high: anaerobic soil, drought
The ornamental value of Chrysopogon zizanioides lies especially in the attractive autumn aspect. The recommended planting distance is 60 to 90 centimetres.
Maintenance and Propagation
Propagate by sowing or by ripe cuttings.
Pests and Diseases
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