Andropogon ternarius

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Andropogon ternarius Michx.

Poaceae

Life form: grass

Exposure: sun   4

Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam - Soil: sandy clay

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: linear

Division: simple

Shape: not specified
Fruit: caryopsis

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Inflorescence: spike

Petals: single
Habit: not specified

Growth form: stemless

Taxonomy

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

Andropogon ternarius is a grass.

Naming

Andropogon ternarius was described by André Michaux in 1803. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Andropogon ternarius is a species in the genus Andropogon which contains approximately 127 to 195 species and belongs to the family of the Poaceae (Grass Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The grasses reach heights of 45 to 100 centimetres. The plants reach a width of 0.4 to 1 metres.

Leaves

Andropogon ternarius is deciduous. The dark-green, simple leaves are alternate. They are linear with entire margins and parallel venation.

Flowers and Fruits

Andropogon ternarius produces spikes of green flowers from August to September.

The grasses produce yellow caryopses in summer.

Root System

The plants form fibrous roots.

Distribution

Cultivation

The grasses prefer a sunny situation on moderately moist soil. They prefer sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy or sandy clay soil with a pH between 4 and 7,5. The plants need a soil depth of at least 25 centimetres for good growth. They tolerate temperatures down to -35°C (USDA zone 4).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

  • open areas
  • rockeries

Tolerance of special soil conditions

  • low: calcareous soil

Uses

The recommended planting distance is 60 to 100 centimetres.

Maintenance and Propagation

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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