Alopecurus aequalis Sobol.

shortawn foxtail 12JN06-1
shortawn foxtail, katydid 08AU16

characteristics

This grass grows in a variety of habitats and its appearance may vary. Fibrous roots produce erect stems growing in bunches. Leaves tend to be short. Both leaves and stems are glaucous (they appear to be lightly dusted). Seed head is cylinder shaped. Flower colour(s) vary from white to yellow to bright orange. Wind pollinated flowers are hermaphrodite (both male and female organs). Some sources list this plant as an annual, which is the way it seems to grow here. Seems to reseed readily but appears randomly, rarely in the same spot twice.

1,464,000 seeds/pound; starts from seed

T SSN H W sun soil H2O fire N2 pH summer fall flower (seed)
P CW 0.8 B S/PS F-M DM-W ••• - 5.5-8.0 green-blue   orange-brown

habitat

Roadsides, meadows, swamps, shores, forest openings and disturbed sites. Prefers moist locations.

uses

Minute seed ground with other grains used to make flour.

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common > name = have on site
T = type: A = annual | B = biennial | P = perennial | SS = subshrub | D = deciduous | C = coniferous
██ = cold stratify | ██ = cold stratify & scarify | ██ = plant directly | ██ = scarify | ██ = not from seed
SSN = season: C = cool | W = warm | Y = late
H = height (in metres) | W = width (in metres) | B = bunch | S = sod | SB = sod/bunch
sun: S = full sun | S/PS = sun or partial shade | PS = partial shade | SH = full shade
soil: F = fine | M = medium | C = coarse
H2O = moisture requirement: D = dry | M = moist | W = wet | Z = aquatic
fire = fire tolerance: - = unknown | X = none | = some | •• = moderate | ••• = high tolerance
N2 = nitrogen fixing: = yes
summer = foliage colour | fall = foliage (stem) colour | flower (seed) = flower (seed / fruit) colour, if conspicuous
pH = acidity - alkalinity