Andropogon virginicus

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Andropogon virginicus L.

Poaceae

Life form: grass

Exposure: sun   5

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: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: stemless

Taxonomy

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

Andropogon virginicus is a grass.

Naming

Andropogon virginicus was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Andropogon virginicus 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 are comparatively slow-growing and reach heights of 50 to 200 centimetres.

Leaves

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

Flowers and Fruits

Andropogon virginicus produces spikes of yellow flowers from May to June.

The grasses produce brown caryopses in summer.

Root System

Distribution

Andropogon virginicus is native to Florida.

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 4,9 and 7. The plants need a soil depth of at least 36 centimetres for good growth. They tolerate temperatures down to -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Tolerance of special soil conditions

  • none: calcareous soil

Uses

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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