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American Cupscale (Sacciolepis striata)

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Sacciolepis Striata, or more commonly know as American Cupscale, is a graminoid with green foliage and purple flowers of the genus Sacciolepis. It has a moderate growth rate and a height of 3 feet at maturity. Its duration is perennial which means it will grow year after year. It's active growth period is summer, blooms during early summer, is intolerant of shade and is routinely available commercially. Sacciolepis Striata or American Cupscale's floral region is North America US Lower 48 and Puerto Rico, specifically in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

  • Category: Monocot
  • Genus: Sacciolepis
  • Family: Poaceae
  • Order: Cyperales
  • Class: Liliopsida
  • Division: Magnoliophyta
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Growth Habit: Graminoid
  • Native Status: L48 (N) PR (N)
  • State T/E Status: MD (E) NJ (E) TN (SC)
  • State T/E Common Name: MD (sacciolepis) NJ (American cupscale) TN (gibbous panic-grass)
  • National Wetland Indicator Status: OBL
  • Regional Wetland Indicator Status: 1(OBL) 2(OBL) 6(OBL) C(OBL)
  • Active Growth Period: Summer
  • After Harvest Regrowth Rate: Moderate
  • Allelopath: No
  • Bloat: None
  • C:N Ratio: Low
  • Coppice Potential: No
  • Fall Conspicuous: No
  • Fire Resistance: No
  • Flower Color: Purple
  • Flower Conspicuous: No
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Foliage Porosity Summer: Porous
  • Foliage Porosity Winter: Porous
  • Foliage Texture: Coarse
  • Fruit/Seed Color: Purple
  • Fruit/Seed Conspicuous: No
  • Growth Form: Rhizomatous
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
  • Height at 20 Years Maximum (feet): 3
  • Height Mature (feet): 3
  • Leaf Retention: No
  • Lifespan: Short
  • Low Growing Grass: Yes
  • Resprout Ability: Yes
  • Shape and Orientation: Erect
  • Toxicity: None
  • Adapted to Coarse Textured Soils: No
  • Adapted to Fine Textured Soils: Yes
  • Adapted to Medium Textured Soils: Yes
  • Anaerobic Tolerance: Medium
  • CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
  • Cold Stratification Required: No
  • Drought Tolerance: Medium
  • Fertility Requirement: Medium
  • Fire Tolerance: Low
  • Hedge Tolerance: Low
  • Moisture Use: Low
  • pH (Minimum): 6
  • pH (Maximum): 8
  • Planting Density per Acre Minimum: 5120
  • Planting Density per Acre Maximum: 20000
  • Precipitation (Minimum): 14
  • Precipitation (Maximum): 79
  • Root Depth Minimum (inches): 12
  • Salinity Tolerance: Low
  • Shade Tolerance: Intolerant
  • Bloom Period: Early Summer
  • Commercial Availability: No Known Source
  • Fruit/Seed Period Begin: Summer
  • Fruit/Seed Period End: Fall
  • Fruit/Seed Persistence: No
  • Propagated by Bare Root: No
  • Propagated by Bulbs: No
  • Propagated by Container: No
  • Propagated by Corms: No
  • Propagated by Cuttings: Yes
  • Propagated by Seed: Yes
  • Propagated by Sod: Yes
  • Propagated by Sprigs: No
  • Propagated by Tubers: No
  • Seed per Pound: 400000
  • Seed Spread Rate: Rapid
  • Seedling Vigor: High
  • Small Grain: Yes
  • Vegetative Spread Rate: Rapid




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