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Deyeuxia frigida

Alpine Bent-grass

Slender tufted perennial herb. Stout erect flowering stems.

Additional information

  • FamilyPoaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 30 cm high, stems to 1.5 m high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesFine rough flat leaves to 30 cm x 7 mm. Sheath projection toothed.
  • Flower colourPurplish
  • Flowering timeDecember to April
  • FlowersLoose spike-like flowerhead 15-35 cm long with widely spreading branches, bare towards base. 1-flowered spikelet to 5.5 mm long; floral bract pointed, bristle from middle, twisted at base, falling off easily.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsCool, moist, rocky soils in tall mountain forests. Snow tolerant. Dappled shade.
  • Garden useGrow in cool areas and fern gardens.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusMay be locally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: A. Barley, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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