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Sporobolus cryptandrus - (Torr.)A.Gray.

Common Name Sand Dropseed
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Sandy soils by the coast[43]. Grasslands and disturbed sites[274].
Range Eastern N. America - Massachusetts to Montana, Pennsylvania and Mexico.
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (1 of 5)
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care (info)
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Sporobolus cryptandrus Sand Dropseed


Sporobolus cryptandrus Sand Dropseed
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Sporobolus cryptandrus is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 5. It is in flower from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed
Edible Uses:

Seed - raw or cooked[257]. It can be parched, ground into a flour and eaten dry or made into a mush[61, 101, 105, 183]. The ground seed can also be added to biscuits, breads and other cereal concoctions[183, 257]. The tiny seed is easily freed from its husks[183].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Brush  Soil reclamation

A bunch of the grass, about 30cm long, can be tied together with string and used as a brush for cleaning[257].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in any well drained soil in a sunny position[200].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in the summer if they have grown sufficiently. Otherwise, grow them on in a greenhouse for their first winter and plant them out in late spring of the following year. Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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(Torr.)A.Gray.

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Readers comment

   Mon Oct 5 2009

I've found the seed of S.c. to be similar to teff, the Ethiopian annual which is used to make injera, the staple Ethiopian bread. The seed of S.c. is relatively easy to collect and separate out.

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