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Hystrix patula

  • HOW TO GROW
  • FAST FACTS
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HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow either in late fall or early spring. Plant the seed just below the surface of the soil, compacting the soil very firmly. For spring planting, mix the seeds with moist sand and store in the refrigerator for 30 days before planting. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination, since this seed cannot germinate in dry soil.

Growing: Water seedlings regularly until they become established. This plant prefers dry soil, and tolerates drought. It also adapts well to a variety of soil types including clay and sandy soil. It eventually spreads by rhizomes and reseeding. It makes an excellent choice for erosion control, as well as being popular as an ornamental plant. This plant provides cover and forage for small birds and other wildlife.

Seed Saving: At the end of the season, the seed heads will begin to ripen and turn color. Strip the seed from the stem; gloves may be necessary for protection from the barbs. Separate the seed from the plant material. Store the seed in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Hystrix patula

Species Origin: US Native Grass or Sedge

Type: Native Grasses, Cool Season

Life Cycle: Perennial

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

US Regions: Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 7,000

Stratification: No Stratification

Germination Ease: No Stratification

Height: 36 Inches

Size Price Quantity
XL Mylar Packet (~200 Seeds) $2.50 -+
1/16 Oz Mylar (1.77g) $4.80 -+
1/4 Oz Mylar (7.09g) $7.20 -+
1 Oz Mylar (28.4g) $16.00 -+
1/4 Lb Mylar (113g) $64.00 -+
1 Lb Mylar (454g) $240.00 -+
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DESCRIPTION

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Its distinctive, brush-like seed heads make this species popular as an ornamental plant. The genus name “Hystrix” means “hedgehog,” a reference to the prickly seed heads. The species name “patula” means “spread out,” because of the widely spaced seeds.


HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow either in late fall or early spring. Plant the seed just below the surface of the soil, compacting the soil very firmly. For spring planting, mix the seeds with moist sand and store in the refrigerator for 30 days before planting. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination, since this seed cannot germinate in dry soil.

Growing: Water seedlings regularly until they become established. This plant prefers dry soil, and tolerates drought. It also adapts well to a variety of soil types including clay and sandy soil. It eventually spreads by rhizomes and reseeding. It makes an excellent choice for erosion control, as well as being popular as an ornamental plant. This plant provides cover and forage for small birds and other wildlife.

Seed Saving: At the end of the season, the seed heads will begin to ripen and turn color. Strip the seed from the stem; gloves may be necessary for protection from the barbs. Separate the seed from the plant material. Store the seed in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Hystrix patula

Species Origin: US Native Grass or Sedge

Type: Native Grasses, Cool Season

Life Cycle: Perennial

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

US Regions: Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 7,000

Stratification: No Stratification

Germination Ease: No Stratification

Height: 36 Inches

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