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Tripsacum dactyloides - L.

Common Name Sesame Grass, Eastern gamagrass, Fakahatchee Grass
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 7-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Swales, moist fields, woodland edges and shores[43]. Water courses and limestone outcrops[270].
Range Eastern N. America - Massachusetts to Michigan and Nebraska, south to Florida, Oklahoma and Texas.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Tripsacum dactyloides Sesame Grass, Eastern gamagrass, Fakahatchee Grass


USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Tripsacum dactyloides Sesame Grass, Eastern gamagrass, Fakahatchee Grass
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

 

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Summary

Bloom Color: Yellow. Main Bloom Time: Early fall, Mid fall. Form: Rounded.


Physical Characteristics

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Tripsacum dactyloides is a PERENNIAL growing to 2.5 m (8ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from August to September. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed
Edible Uses:

Seed - cooked or ground into a flour[2, 183]. The popped seed is almost indistinguishable from strawberry popcorn[183]. Seeds contain about 27% protein, this is about 3 times the protein found in corn and twice that of wheat. It is also about twice as high in the amino acid methionine as corn[183].

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Medicinal Uses

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FOOD FOREST PLANTS

Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Food Forest

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Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Erosion control, Ground cover, Massing, Seashore, Specimen. A very easily grown plant, it succeeds in ordinary garden soil[1]. A fairly hardy plant, it withstands severe frost in S. England[1] and seems to be perfectly hardy in Cambridge Botanical gardens[K]. This species is currently (1992) under development as a potential perennial grain crop[183]. The seed has a very high protein content and this can be sacrificed to some extent in order to try and improve overall yields (these are quite low at present)[183]. Closely related to Tripsacum floridanum[270]. Bi-generic hybrids with Zea spp are known to occur[162]. Special Features:Attracts birds, Attractive foliage, North American native, Wetlands plant, Inconspicuous flowers or blooms. For polyculture design as well as the above-ground architecture (form - tree, shrub etc. and size shown above) information on the habit and root pattern is also useful and given here if available. The plant growth habit is a clumper with limited spread [1-2].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within 2 weeks. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer. Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the summer or the following spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

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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