Pogonarthria squarrosa is a loosely tufted grass with interesting, reddish-brown inflorescences which have led to its common name, herringbone or sickle grass. This is an erect, perennial grass, growing up to 1.2 m tall. The long, tapering inflorescence is up to 400 mm long, has a firm, straight, central axis with numerous short, usually upward-curving branches (hence the name herringbone); the spikelets are arranged all along the branches on the lower side. The spikelets are elliptic to linear, up to 8 mm long, with numerous sharply pointed, green florets, and these contrast with the red to reddish-brown glumes. Flowering time is from November to May. This grass is widespread in South Africa , growing in well-drained and especially sandy soils. It is common in disturbed places such as roadsides and old cultivated lands. Germination is greatly improved with treatment of smoke seed primer.
For the best germination results with these seeds we recommend treating these seeds with Cape Seed Primer.
USDA Zone - 8
Season to Sow - Autumn / Spring
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