Danthonia intermedia Vasey (D. cusickii [T.A. Williams] A.S. Hitchc., D. canadensis B.R. Baum & Findlay)
Densely tufted perennial grass, 5-4 cm tall. Leaves mainly basal, hairy below with the ligule a long fringe of hairs. Inflorescence a dense panicle with few spikelets. Spikelets with two or more florets and glumes about as long as the spikelet. Lemmas hairy at base and edges, with a twisted awn (up to 1 cm long) originating from below their tip (Pojar and MacKinnon, 1998).
Sub-montane to sub-alpine, occurs in Asia and is transcontinental in North America. Ranges from boreal, to temperate and cool mesothermal climates. Common in grasslands, meadows, open forests and alpine meadows.
Nitrogen poor soils.
Moisture deficient sites. Very dry to moderately dry.
Sun to light shade.
Sporadic successional in young-seral forests. Common climax species on dry rocky outcrops.
Moderate forage for elk.
Use as an ornamental grass in meadows, borders and containers. Most effective in large groups (S. Bastin, personal communication).
June to August.
fruit ripening time
August to September.
Stores for up to five years.
Store dry at 1-7º C.
fruit seed dormancy treatment
Sow seeds and cover lightly with fine soil. Good success with fall sowing at night temperatures of 4º C and day temperatures of 20º C. Sow in containers in spring with bottom heat (15º C) with air temperatures of 15-20º C. Germination rates of 90% in 20 days (S. Bastin, personal communication).
Good success with plant division in early spring and fall. Useful for increasing stock.
additional info and photos
For more information and pictures, visit the E-Flora BC website at www.eflora.bc.ca.