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Dactylis glomerata, Cock's Foot

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An important food plant for the caterpillars of several lepidoptera species.

Plants form impenetrably dense clumps and when planted close together in drifts make an excellent ground cover.

Having a deep root system, the plant is also useful for checking soil erosion.

The plant can be grown for biomass, annual productivity ranges from 2 to 37 tonnes per hectare. If soil fertility is low, a large portion of the total production occurs in the spring, but if the soil is highly fertile, production is well distributed throughout the growing season.

Surface sow in a cold frame in the spring and do not allow the compost to dry out. Germination should take place within three weeks. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer.

Succeeds in most good soils and also under the shade of trees. Prefers a light well-drained soil, it does not thrive on heavy or poorly drained soils. A drought-resistant plant, it will withstand high temperatures.

http://practicalplants.org/wiki/Dactylis_glomerata

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