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Sand Dropseed
Sporobolus cryptandrus
  
About Sand Dropseed (Sporobolus cryptandrus) 3 Nurseries Carry This Plant Sand Dropseed (Sporobolus cryptandrus) is a native grass that grows in northern, southern and central California. It is moderately fast growing and short-lived. It grows in an upright form to a height of 3 feet, with active growth during the spring. Flowers are yellow and bloom in the late summer. Leaves are medium green and deciduous. It tends to grow in washes and rocky slopes, at elevations from 1100-9200 feet.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Grasses

Size
Size
3 ft tall

Form
Form
Upright

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Dormancy
Dormancy
Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Summer

Wildlife Supported
 


 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Low

Nurseries
Nurseries

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers sandy or loamy soils. Does not grow well in clay soils.

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: Soak in 71% H2S04 for 2 mins., then soak in 1% potassium nitrate 24 hrs., and germinate at high diurnal fluctua.tion, room temperature (60.8° to 75.2°) and 95°F, 17 and 7 hrs. respectively with light. This treatment is the best overall. Omitting the acid may give good results; substituting 68°F constant for room temperature gives slightly less germination. Substituting 28 days cold stratification for the acid treatment gives an average of 81.8% versus 90.8% for the acid (Toole 1941). No treatment. if sown outdoors in southern California during July or August may give good germination.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 3, 7*, 9, 10*, 11*, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Washes, rocky slopes,

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 3.0" - 75.3", Summer Precipitation: 0.16" - 3.03", Coldest Month: 29.0" - 59.6", Hottest Month: 52.0" - 89.4", Humidity: 0.87" - 42.31", Elevation: -203" - 8260"


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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