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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Sporobolus airoides (Torr.) Torr.
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Synonym(s): Agrostis airoides
USDA Symbol: spai
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
This is a 1-3 ft., warm-season, perennial grass growing in large, tough bunches. Its narrow, gray-green leaves cure blond. The graceful, open seedhead is composed of tiny, reddish spikelets. The name sacaton is derived from the Aztec/Nahuatl word for grass, zacatl.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
, WY Canada: BC Native Distribution: ND, TX
& Mex., w. to s.e. B.C. & s. CA Native Habitat:
Sandy or gravelly slopes; saline flats; floodplains
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Moist to dry, alkaline, fine-textured soils. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam Clay Loam, Clay, Caliche type, Saline tolerant
Conditions Comments: Alkali sacaton is tolerant of flooding, drought, and saline-alkaline conditions. It is good for dust control and soil protection on saline-alkaline soils with limited moisture availability.
Sow seed. Seed Collection:
Not Available Seed Treatment:
A variety of treatments, including no pretreatment, have been used. Sowing wet, high diurnal
temperature fluctuations, and/or a brief stratification period have given good results. Commercially Avail:
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Groundcover for erosion control
September 23, 2008
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National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2011-08-23
Research By: TWC Staff