Achnatherum is usually a genus of plants which includes several species of needlegrass.
Overview of Achnatherum
• Several needle grass species are already switched between Achnatherum and genus Stipa.
• Taxonomy is between two closely related genera remains to be unsealed.
• Achnatherum hymenoides was useful as a meal source for indigenous peoples.
• Achnatherum brachychaetum’s best known as a noxious weed.
• Achnatherum hymenoides is usually a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
• It really is hardy to zone 8.
• The flowering months for Achnatherum is from May to July.
• The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and so are pollinated by Wind.
• It might fix nitrogen.
Selected species of Achnatherum
– Achnatherum acutum
– Achnatherum aridum
– Achnatherum bloomeri
– Achnatherum bromoides
– Achnatherum brachychaetum
– Achnatherum calamagrostis
– Achnatherum capense
– Achnatherum caragana
– Achnatherum caudatum
– Achnatherum clandestinum
– Achnatherum contractum
– Achnatherum coronatum
– Achnatherum curvifolium
– Achnatherum diegoense
– Achnatherum duthiei
– Achnatherum editorum
– Achnatherum eminens
– Achnatherum hendersonii
– Achnatherum hymenoides
– Achnatherum latiglume
– Achnatherum lemmonii
– Achnatherum lettermanii
– Achnatherum lobatum
– Achnatherum nelsonii
– Achnatherum nevadense
– Achnatherum occidentale
– Achnatherum parishii
– Achnatherum perplexum
– Achnatherum pinetorum
– Achnatherum richardsonii
– Achnatherum robustum
– Achnatherum scribneri
– Achnatherum speciosum
– Achnatherum splendens
– Achnatherum stillmanii
– Achnatherum thurberianum
– Achnatherum swallenii
– Achnatherum webberi
• Ideal for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil.
• Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils.
• It cannot grow in the shade.
• It prefers moist soil.
• The flower can tolerate strong winds although not maritime exposure.
• Seeds can be eaten raw, cooked or ground into a meal.
• It is used in making bread.
• It is used as thickener in soups.
• The seed is pretty small however when fully ripe it falls readily through the plant and is simple enough to harvest.
• Another report says the seed is quite large.
• The seeds were parched on the flames of any fire so as to rule out the hairs.
• It possesses a great pleasant taste and intensely nutritious.
• Its content has about 6% sugar and 20% starch.
• Before the corn was brought to areas, this seed was formerly a staple food for many Native American Indian tribes.
• Always check with an expert before by using a plant medicinally.
• Several cultivators happen to be developed for usage in restoration develops the prairies.
Scientific Classification for Achnatherum
• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Monocots
• (unranked) : Commelinids
• Order : Poales
• Family : Poaceae
• Subfamily : Pooideae
• Genus : Achnatherum
Growing/Caring conditions for Achnatherum
• It succeeds in moderately fertile soil with moisture.
• The plant succeeds in full sun.
• The species tolerate temperatures to about -5°c.
• It is only suitable for the milder elements of the United States.
• These plants roots in many cases are surrounded by a rhizo sheath that harbors nitrogen-fixing organisms.
• These organisms probably contribute to the species’ success like a colonizer.
• Seed – sow spring in place.
• Results will be received from sowing the seed in a greenhouse.
• Cover the seed.
• It should germinate freely within two weeks.
• Prick your seedlings into individual pots.
• Do so if they’re adequate to manage and plant them in early summer.
• Division in spring.
• Larger divisions might be planted out direct in their permanent positions.
• It’s preferable to pot the smaller divisions.
• Grow them by avoiding shade in a very cold frame.
• Do so before planting them out in late spring or early summer.