Sporobolus cryptandrus strictus Scribn.
Sporobolus strictus (Scribn.) Scribn.
Common Name: Spike Dropseed
Sporobolus contractus is a clump-forming perennial grass with erect culms 40 - 110cm long,
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials. It is use in soil stabilization projects within its native range.
South-western N. America - California to Colorado, south to northern Mexico and Texas
Mesas, dry bluffs and sandy soils[
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A plant mainly of the temperate and subtropical zones, just entering the tropics in Mexico.
Succeeds in any well drained soil in a sunny position[
]. The plant is adapted to a wide range of soil types, but performs best on loamy fine, silty and sandy loam soils[
Seed - raw or cooked. It can be ground into a flour and used to make gruel, bread, biscuits etc[
]. The seed is small and very fiddly to utilize[
The plant can be used as a component of a seeding mixture for critical area plantings and conservation cover. It is a bunchgrass with very thick vegetation near the soil surface which can be used to stabilize sandy eroding soils[
Bunches of the grass leaves have been fastened together to make mats for covering doorways etc in the home[
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.