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PlantFiles: Desert Wheat Grass
Agropyron desertorum

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Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agropyron (ag-ro-PY-ron) (Info)
Species: desertorum (de-ZER-tor-um) (Info)

Synonym:Agropyron cristatum subsp. desertorum
Synonym:Agropyron cristatum var. desertorum

Category:
Groundcovers
Perennials

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Green
Green
Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Deciduous
Herbaceous

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive Actee On Sep 3, 2009, Actee from Paris
France wrote:

Not very showy and rather weed-looking when not in flower ! This plant is among the most suitable grasses for xeriscaping and the brush-like spikes stand for a long time. It's not that bad, after all ! Easily propagated from seeds.

Neutral htop On Feb 4, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this grass. It is a perennial introduced (from Russian and Turkestan) bunch grass. It begins its growth period in early spring.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Flagstaff, Arizona
San Antonio, Texas



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