Podosemum pungens (Thurb.) Bush
Common Name: Praire Dropseed
Muhlenbergia pungens is a spreading, perennial grass with elongated rhizomes; the decumbent culms are around 10 - 70cm long[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a brush.
Central and southern N. America - Wyoming and South Dakota, south to Arizona, New Mexico and Texas
]. Loose sandy soils near sand dunes to sandy clay loam slopes and flats in desert shrub and open woodlands; at elevations from 600 - 2,500 metres[
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Species in this genus generally succeed in any well drained soil in a sunny position[
The stiff culms, harvested in the autumn, are stripped of their spine-like leaves and bound together to form a brush[
]. One end is used to sweep the floor, whilst the other makes a good hair brush[
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.