Climate, elevation: Low to Mid elevations
occurrence: Very common in eastern
Habitat preferences: Dry to moist slopes
Plant strategy type/successional stage: Often is the first plant to come up in disturbed areas. Seeds can bank for a long time in soil.
May be collected as: Collected as seeds in mid summer.
Seed germination: 2 weeks of cod stratification 35-40 F (Bartow, 2004)
Seed life: Seeds can remain viable for a few seasons.
Recommended seed storage conditions: Dry seeds to a few % moisture, and store in cold dry environment.
Propagation recommendations: Propagate by seed.
Soil or medium requirements: Non soil medium- peat based with plenty of aeration, to simulate natural preference (Bartow, 2004).
Installation form: Propagate and plant from cone containers, as they are less expensive and larger containers are not necessary.
Recommended planting density: There is not necessary planting density, however gracilis can spread rather quickly, and is often described as behaving like a weed.
Care requirements after installed: Water well when first planted. It will be fine after that, as it is a hearty plant.
Normal rate of growth or spread; lifespan: Spreads rapidly, is often described as weedy in disturbed areas. (
Bartow, Amy. 2004. Propagation protocol for production
of container Microsteris gracilis E. Greene plants;
Pojar, Jim and Markinnon,
Andy. 1994. Plants of The
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