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Ticklegrass
Agrostis scabra
  
About Ticklegrass (Agrostis scabra) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Agrostis scabra is a common species of grass known by the common names rough bent grass and ticklegrass. A tumbleweed, it is native to much of North America, and widely known elsewhere as an introduced species. It occurs in most of the United States except parts of the Southeast and most of Canada except for the farthest northern regions. It can be found in Mexico, and across Alaska to far eastern Asia as far south as Korea. It is resident in a great variety of habitats, from warm coastal valleys to the alpine climate of high mountain ranges. This is a perennial grass growing mainly upright in form to heights around 75 centimeters. The leaves are rough with tiny hairs and up to about 14 centimeters long. The flower cluster is a wide open array of spreading, thready branches bearing spikelets each a few millimeters long. The tolerance of this grass to alpine climates makes it a good plant to use in revegetating disturbed land in such regions. It is known to spring up on sites where few other plants can grow, such as abandoned coal mines and soils polluted with sulfur, copper, and nickel.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Grasses

Size
Size
2.5 ft tall

Form
Form
Upright

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring

Wildlife Supported
 


 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Low

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers loamy or clay soils. Grows poorly in sandy soils.

Common uses
Common uses
Deer Resistant

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6*, 7*, 14, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Disturbed places and meadows

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 9.1" - 120.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.21" - 4.08", Coldest Month: 10.0" - 49.6", Hottest Month: 33.4" - 78.0", Humidity: 0.38" - 28.06", Elevation: 52" - 13977"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Agrostis scabra var. geminata
Common Names: Rough Bent Grass, Rough Bentgrass


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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