Dichanthelium acuminatum (Sw.) Gould & Clark Dichanthelium acuminatum var. fasciculatum (Torr.) Freckmann (Panicum occidentale [Scribn.])
Tufted perennial; stems yellowish-green, leafy towards base, spreading, usually velvety-hairy, 15-40 cm tall. Leaves flat, firm, erect to ascending, hairy, 5-10 mm wide, no auricles; ligules 3-4 mm long, consisting of long hairs. Inflorescence a panicle, open, 3-9 cm long; spikelets up to 2 mm long, short-hairy, two flowered, the lower flower sterile; glumes unequal in size; fertile lemmas hardened (Pojar and MacKinnon, 1994). Photo by Keir Morse.
Moist, sandy ground (lakeshores, beaches, stream banks), rocky and gravelly areas in bogs, meadows and open forests at low to mid elevations (Pojar and MacKinnon, 1994).
Sandy, rocky and gravelly (S. Bastin, personal communication).
Moist to wet (S. Bastin, personal communication).
Sun to light shade (S. Bastin, personal communication).
Useful groundcover in controlled moist area. Attractive fall/winter colour. Excellent in poorly-drained locations (S. Bastin, personal communication).
fruit seed dormancy treatment
No treatment required.
Plant division: Care must be taken to ensure adequate root mass is attached to each division (S. Bastin, personal communication).
additional info and photos
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