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Useful Temperate Plants

Sporobolus texanus

Vasey

Poaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name: Texas Dropseed

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General Information

Sporobolus texanus is a a clump-forming, perennial grass with erect to ascending culms 30 - 70cm tall.
The plant is used within its native range to reclaim and stabilize soils.
This plant may become weedy or invasive in some regions or habitats and may displace desirable vegetation if not properly managed[
277
Title
Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plants.usda.gov/java/factSheet
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database with an excellent collection of fact sheets about native N. American plants.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

236
Title
Manual of the Grasses of the United States
Publication
 
Author
Hitchcock. A. S.
Publisher
Dover Publications. New York.
Year
1971
ISBN
0-486-22717-0
Description
A nice and comprehensive flora, though a bit dated. Good line drawings of each plant, plus a brief idea of the habitat and a few notes on plant uses. Not for the casual reader.

Range

Western and central N. America - Utah to Nebraska, south to Arizona, New Mexico and Texas

Habitat

Mesas, valleys and salt marshes[
236
Title
Manual of the Grasses of the United States
Publication
 
Author
Hitchcock. A. S.
Publisher
Dover Publications. New York.
Year
1971
ISBN
0-486-22717-0
Description
A nice and comprehensive flora, though a bit dated. Good line drawings of each plant, plus a brief idea of the habitat and a few notes on plant uses. Not for the casual reader.
].

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.50 m
PollinatorsWind
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


The plant is adapted to soils with higher saline and alkaline levels[
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Title
Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plants.usda.gov/java/factSheet
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database with an excellent collection of fact sheets about native N. American plants.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

Texas dropseed has the ability to tolerate higher levels of salinity and alkalinity in the soil. It can be used to revegetate areas such as oil well pads and on other saline soils[
277
Title
Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plants.usda.gov/java/factSheet
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database with an excellent collection of fact sheets about native N. American plants.
].
The plant has very thick vegetation near the soil surface which can be used to stabilize soils that have a tendency to erode[
277
Title
Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plants.usda.gov/java/factSheet
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database with an excellent collection of fact sheets about native N. American plants.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

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.
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2018-08-21. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Sporobolus+texanus>

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