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Sand Dropseed (Sporobolus cryptandrus)

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Sporobolus Cryptandrus, or more commonly know as Sand Dropseed, is a graminoid with green foliage and yellow flowers of the genus Sporobolus. 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 spring, blooms during late summer and is intolerant of shade. Sporobolus Cryptandrus or Sand Dropseed's floral region is North America US Lower 48, specifically in the states of Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

  • Category: Monocot
  • Genus: Sporobolus
  • Family: Poaceae
  • Order: Cyperales
  • Class: Liliopsida
  • Division: Magnoliophyta
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Growth Habit: Graminoid
  • Native Status: L48 (N) CAN (N)
  • PLANTS Invasive Status: NE&GP
  • State T/E Status: CT (E) NH (T) PA (R)
  • State T/E Common Name: CT (sand dropseed) NH (sand drop-seed) PA (sand dropseed)
  • National Wetland Indicator Status: UPL FACU
  • Regional Wetland Indicator Status: 1(UPL*) 2(UPL) 3(FACU-) 4(FACU) 5(FACU-) 6(FACU-) 7(FACU-) 8(FACU-) 9(FACU-) 0(UPL)
  • Active Growth Period: Spring
  • After Harvest Regrowth Rate: Slow
  • Allelopath: No
  • Bloat: None
  • C:N Ratio: High
  • Coppice Potential: No
  • Fall Conspicuous: No
  • Fire Resistance: No
  • Flower Color: Yellow
  • Flower Conspicuous: No
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Foliage Porosity Summer: Porous
  • Foliage Porosity Winter: Porous
  • Foliage Texture: Fine
  • Fruit/Seed Color: Brown
  • Fruit/Seed Conspicuous: No
  • Growth Form: Bunch
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
  • Height Mature (feet): 3
  • Leaf Retention: No
  • Lifespan: Short
  • Low Growing Grass: No
  • Resprout Ability: No
  • Shape and Orientation: Erect
  • Toxicity: None
  • Adapted to Coarse Textured Soils: Yes
  • Adapted to Fine Textured Soils: No
  • Adapted to Medium Textured Soils: Yes
  • Anaerobic Tolerance: None
  • CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
  • Cold Stratification Required: No
  • Drought Tolerance: High
  • Fertility Requirement: Low
  • Fire Tolerance: Medium
  • Frost Free Days Minimum: 150
  • Hedge Tolerance: None
  • Moisture Use: Low
  • pH (Minimum): 6.6
  • pH (Maximum): 8
  • Precipitation (Minimum): 8
  • Precipitation (Maximum): 16
  • Root Depth Minimum (inches): 18
  • Salinity Tolerance: Medium
  • Shade Tolerance: Intolerant
  • Temperature Minimum (°F): -38
  • Bloom Period: Late Summer
  • Commercial Availability: Routinely Available
  • Fruit/Seed Abundance: High
  • 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: No
  • Propagated by Seed: Yes
  • Propagated by Sod: No
  • Propagated by Sprigs: No
  • Propagated by Tubers: No
  • Seed per Pound: 5600080
  • Seed Spread Rate: Rapid
  • Seedling Vigor: Low
  • Small Grain: No
  • Vegetative Spread Rate: None




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