Agrostis distichophylla Phil.
Agrostis eremophila Speg.
Sporobolus asperifolius (Nees & Meyen ex Trin.) Nees & Meyen
Sporobolus copiapinus Phil.
Sporobolus deserticola Phil.
Sporobolus distichophyllus Phil.
Sporobolus sarmentosus Griseb.
Vilfa asperifolia Nees & Meyen ex Trin.
Muhlenbergia asperifolia is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.30 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
N. America - British Columbia to Ontario, south to California, Texas and Maryland, through Mexico; S. America - Bolivia, Argentina, Chile
Sandy bottoms, damp sands etc[
]. Dry soils[
]. Damp or marshy often alkaline soils, along irrigation ditches and along the banks of streams[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Succeeds in any well drained soil in a sunny position[
Seed - raw or cooked. It can be parched, ground into a flour and eaten dry or made into a mush[
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.