Dichanthelium acuminatum (Tapered Rosette Grass) [25 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds only for those who have experience handling seeds that require a natural or artificial chilling period.

There is little information available about growing tapered rosette grass from seed, so the easiest approach is surface-sowing in fall to midwinter and setting the pot outdoors for sprouting in spring. If you sow after midwinter, you could provide an artificial cold period (2 to 3 months) or try starting in warm conditions to see if that might work for you. I suggest sowing all of the seeds in one pot and transplanting the seedlings (in groups) to individual pots when they’re 1 to 2 inches tall. Use groups of 5 or 6 if you want bigger clumps faster, or 3 or 4 per pot if you want a larger number of starter plants.

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Tapered rosette grass (Dichanthelium acuminatum) is a tufted perennial grass with green foliage—usually quite hairy on the leaf undersides and the parts that wrap around the stem—and airy, branching panicles of greenish to purplish spikelets in late spring to early summer, followed by rounded seeds. Later in the growing season, it produces branching stems and usually flowers again; you may not notice the flowers but the tufts of leaves along the stems are distinctive. This is not a showy grass that will star in a garden border, but it has value as a host plant for various butterflies and a food source for many other insects and wild birds, so it can have a place in a meadow or wildlife planting. Native to many parts of North America; these seeds are from plants that grow wild in my meadow in Bucks County, PA. Full sun; average to moist soil. Perennial; Zones 3 to 9.

Collected in early July 2023. At least 25 seeds. PA ecotype. Shipping to US addresses only.

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