TYPE: Annual or short lived Perennial
HEIGHT: 4 feet
HABITAT: Damp meadows, ponds, stream edges, sloughs
SEEDING RATE: Plant 10-15 lbs per acre with approximately 800,000 seeds per lb
Beckmannia syzigachne, commonly known as American Sloughgrass, is a native wetland bunchgrass that grows well in winter ponded, wetland and riparian areas. This wetland perennial is an aggressive reseeder that produces an abundance of seed, up to 240,000 seeds per lb, that when ripe shatters off the stem. This shattering process ensures successful reseeding year after year and provides great feed for waterfowl when flooded. American Sloughgrass is a very versatile wetland crop that can be planted in many wetland conditions in both spring and fall. Often after it sprouts, it will grow through shallow water. Plants will reach maturity in 60-80 days. American Sloughgrass is a great option for anyone looking for an easy to grow native wetland crop that provides excellent habitat and feed for waterfowl.
Planting instructions: Use general ground prep method (click here.) You can plant sloughgrass in the spring, summer or fall. It is important that there is enough soil moisture to sprout the seed, if not, you will need to irrigate. Or you can plant in the late fall after the soil cools and it will sprout the following spring. Drill 10 to 15 lbs per acre to a depth of 1/2" to 3/4''. Roll planted area if possible then apply 100 lbs of 16-16-16 fertilizer. If you can't drill the seed, spin spread 15 to 20 lbs of seed per acre. Lightly harrow to cover seed and roll if you can. Use same fertilizer as drilling. If it is possible to keep your sloughgrass field underwater for at least part of the winter, you will find that it will control most annual grasses and broadleaf weeds.