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17 Apr 2018

Alopecurus (Graminaceae)

The name derives from the Greek alopékuros “foxtail”, referring to the appearance of the cylindrical spike inflorescences. This genus includes rustic herbs, some annuals, other perennials. There are many spontaneous species in Italy, widespread throughout the peninsula, in meadows and in humid places, generally appetites from livestock as fodder, but not sufficiently ornamental to deserve a crop.

Alopecurus (Graminaceae)
Alopecurus (Graminaceae)

Cultivated species of Alopecurus:

Alopecurus pratensis (50-100 cm) grows spontaneously in Europe; the var. aureo-variegatus, lower than the species, is used in the flowerbeds for the variegated foliage; Alopecurus lanatus (15-20 cm) has fluffy leaves and a silvery-white appearance; in summer it produces green or purple spikes. They are both perennial species.

Cultivation:

the species that are cultivated do not have particular needs of soil, provided this is well drained; they thrive in full sun. They multiply by dividing the tufts in spring or by sowing outdoors as soon as the seeds are ripe.


Also read: Alonsoa (Scrophulariaceae).

20 Mar 2018

Agrostis (Graminaceae)

The name of the Agrostis derives from the Greek agòs «campo». The genus includes herbaceous plants sometimes creeping, resistant, and therefore suitable for ornamental lawns and for sports fields, which have a remarkable ability to propagate, forming in short time green and compact carpets.

A typical inflorescence of the Agrostis leaf.
A typical inflorescence of the Agrostis leaf.

Cultivated species of Agrostis:

on the market there are almost exclusively the species used for grass; the most common are: Agrostis stolonifera which adapts to all terrains and is very resistant; A. tenuis which has a lower bearing than the previous one and a long period of vegetative activity (up to the first winter colds).

Cultivation:

usually, the Agrostis are sown in the spring, since in this period the seeds germinate more quickly; it is however possible to sow at the end of summer, avoiding the excessive heat. To obtain a beautiful turf it is necessary a careful preparation of the ground and assiduous care especially in the initial period. Since the A. stolonifera propagates in all directions by means of stolons it is possible to obtain a lawn also with the transplanting of small clods at 5-10 centimeters of distance from each other. Frequent watering, rolling and tanning is required as soon as the vegetation has taken hold. For more details see Lawn.