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June Grass (Koeleria cristata) 8030

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This Ontario regionally rare species is native to Walpole Island. A nice looking cool season perennial bunchgrass that is very drought tolerant and one of the earliest native grasses to green up in the spring. Showy pluming white seed heads appear June to July, much earlier than many native grasses. Grows readily from seed and prefers well drained open sandy loam soils. Plant height generally reaches 60 cm (2'). Due to its high drought tolerance, June Grass is often used in green roof plantings and re-vegetation of retired strip mine projects and comparative poorer land. Hardy to Zone 3. 5000 seed/gram
 

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This is one native grass that does best best when planted in the spring. Seed should be no more that 3 mm(1/8") deep as diffuse light helps germination. If ideal growing conditions are unavailable, the seed may go dormant and not germinate until the spring the following year.

Managing Native Grasses and Wildflowers

Many native plants will not bloom until the second year of growth when grown from seed. Avoid the use of supplemental fertilizer as this encourages weeds at the expense of the native plants. During the establishment year, native species plantings should be watered when dictated by the weather. The following year’s growth adapts easily to local climate and soil conditions needing only what nature provides. Mow to 20 cm (8") height at least once through the first year of growth should aggressive weeds threaten to take over the planting and again after the fall frosts have reduced annual foliage. Consider a controlled burn of prairie species where municipal laws permit. The encroachment of woody or non-prairie vegetation is curtailed by fire allowing the prairie community to thrive.
Early Summer
Perennial
Direct Sow in Spring However Direct Sow in Fall is Preferred
Full Sun
Grass or Grass-like
Medium (45 to 60 cm)(18 to 24")
Winter Hardy
Easy
Native of Canada
Poaceae
Koeleria macanthra
Ornamental.
Ground cover in drought prone areas or in sandy soils.
Green roof and land reclamation projects.
Wildlife foliage.
Many native plants produce seed that is viable but dormant. This means that while the seed has all the internal structures and nutrients required to germinate, the seed coat is so hard, water cannot pass through it and initiate germination. When seed is in this state, it is known as being dormant. Seed dormancy is a naturally selected for trait that protects the seed of many plants allowing them to safely overwinter and then be ready to sprout in more favourable conditions in spring.
The remedy to naturally breaking seed dormancy is typically the passing of time. In particular, seed overwintering outside and experiencing the natural freeze thaw cycles that occur in late fall, winter and early spring. To artificially break seed dormancy, sow the seed in a soil-less mix, water than chill in a refrigerator for a set period of time. This dormancy breaking process is called stratification.
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