Ornamental Grasses and Grasslike Plants by A. J. Oakes

By A. J. Oakes

The Gramineae, or grass family members, is moment in dimension purely to the Compositeae, or sunflower kinfolk. it really is one of the most crucial plant households on the planet. the main foodstuff vegetation of the realm are present in the grass kin. From time immemorial, grasses have supplied meals and safeguard for humanity, domesticated farm animals, and flora and fauna; with no grasses, those kinds of lifestyles may perhaps stop to exist. The grass family members is big in measurement, diversified in behavior, and ubiquitous in distribution. Earth will be bleak and naked, certainly, within the absence of this life-sustaining plant relatives. as well as its monetary and business worth, the grass kin has a few decorative worth. It presents us with actual sustenance and offers us a lot excitement and pride in its decorative kinds. the aim of this booklet is to show the price and usability of grasses as ornamentals and to deline:tte their attributes and makes use of in the house, within the backyard, and within the panorama. decorative grasses serve a distinct and critical function in decorative horticulture. Horticulturists, different plant scientists, and nursery body of workers are extra totally conscious of the worth and value of grasses as ornamentals than is most of the people. it truly is quite often accordingly that this paintings is directed towards the house gardener and the scientist alike, within the wish of bettering reader appreciation of the roie grasses play in decorative horti­ culture.

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Nanus Melica ciliata Milium eJJusum and cv. Aureum Miscanthus saccharoides cv. Dwarf Miscanthus sinensis cvs. Purpurascens, Silberfeder Oryza sativa cv. Nigrescens Panicum miliaceum Panicum virgatum and cvs. Rostrahlbusch, Rubrum, Strictum Pennisetum alopecuroides cv. Weserbergland Pennisetum alopecuroides var. viridescens Pennisetum macrostachyum Pennisetum setaceum and cvs. Astrosanguineum, Cupreum, Rubrum Pennisetum villosum Poa bulbosa Poa colensoi Poa compressa Poa glauca Poa labillardieri Poa pratensis Puccinellia fasciculata Puccinellia maritima Rhynchelytrum repens Schizachyrium scoparium Spartina spartinae Stipa arundinacea Vetiveria zizanioides Zea mays Multicolored Alopecurus pratensis cv.

One commonly used method of compensating for the lack of adequate humidity is to mist potted plants at frequent intervals. Small window greenhouses are useful in maintaining adequate humidity, as it can be controlled much easier in these small enclosures. Another method of increasing ambient humidity is that of growing plants in pots or planters in which watering is done from below. Aquatic and semiaquatic house plants, such Uses 25 as sedges and rice, easily lend themselves to such a culture. Trailing plants grown in hanging baskets require frequent watering and spraying for optimum growth.

Colorful inflorescences add to the attractiveness of certain ornamental grasses (Appendix 1, column 17). Inflorescences of some species may be attractive but not necessarily colorful, such as those of big quaking grass, and weeping windmill grass. Inflorescence color is influenced to some extent by whether or not the plants are grown in full sun or shade, or in acid or alkaline soil. There is considerable variation in inflorescence color among ornamental grasses. The var- Uses 37 ious colors may be described by many terms that indicate different hues and tones of the same color.

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