Chasmanthium latifolium: planting, multiplication and maintenance

Chasmanthium latifolium: planting, multiplication and maintenance

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Grass with original inflorescences, the Chasmanthium latifoliumis a superb herbaceous perennial.

Chasmanthium latifolium In summary :

Latin name : Chasmanthium latifolium
Family : Poaceae
Type : Grass

Harbor : Arched tuft
Height : From 50 cm to 1.20 m during flowering
Planting density : 3 to 4 feet per m²
Exposure : Sunny to partial shade
Ground : All types

Flowering : End of summer

Native to forested areas of North America, the Chasmanthium latifoliumis a grass that thrives in the shade as well as in the sun. Its summer ears, reminiscent of oats, will add a picturesque touch to your garden.

Planting Chasmanthium latifolium

Although it accommodates all types of soil, the Chasmanthium latifoliumparticularly appreciates soils rich in humus, aerated and slightly draining.

To promote good growth of the grass, it is therefore necessary to respect a few steps before going to planting.

  1. Amend the soilby spreading sand and organic matter (compost, manure or potting soil).
  2. Using a spade, turn the earthin order to mix the different elements and to aerate the soil well.
  3. Plantyour feet from Chasmanthium latifolium.

For a plantation pot, follow the same steps, but possibly plan a drainage layerat the bottom of the pot to facilitate the flow of water.

Maintenance of Chasmanthium latifolium

Like many grasses, the Chasmanthiumdon't ask almost no maintenance. It only has to be cut back in early springin order to be able to recreate a beautiful tuft of leaves before flowering.

Note : if your soil is poor, in spring, add potting soil or compost on the surface and scratch slightly.

If your Chasmanthium latifoliumis in a pot, a repottingshould be done approximately every 2 to 3 years.

Multiplication of Chasmanthium latifolium

Even though the sowingis possible, the simplest and fastest method of multiplication is to proceed by division :

  • Dig up the plant, paying attention to the roots.
  • Divide the foot with two back-to-back forks or a spade if the root ball is too compact. The use of a saw can also be considered.
  • Remove leaves and dead stubble.
  • Replant the new feet.

Diseases and pests

The Chasmanthum latifoliumis not not susceptible to diseases and pests.

Employment and association

Grasses are most beautiful when they are combined in large numbers in a massive. The Chasmanthium latifoliumcan thus be planted with:

  • Miscanthus sinensisand Panicum virgatumas a screen for a massive background;
  • Pennisetum alopecuroidesand Millium effusum‘Aureum’ with Chasmnathium latifoliumat intermediate level;
  • Luzula niveaand Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron’in foreground.

You will thus obtain a magnificent clump of grasseswhich will amaze you throughout the seasons.

If you prefer plant eclecticism, then you can combine the Chasmanthium latifoliumwith the Liriope muscari, the Schizostylis coccinea, theHemerocallis"Stafford" or the Crocosmia'Lucifer'.

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