Butelua - Graceful Grain
Ornamental cereals come into focus only at the end of the garden season. When the main garden crops complete flowering, and the garden's palette changes dramatically, their musical vibrations and grace cannot but arouse admiration. Despite the fact that all cereals are similar in structure, each has bright individual traits. Large and small, sparse and neat, they are always special. One of such exclusive beauties is a rare bootelua so far. Her panicles are like outlandish propeller blades or brushes, and the plant itself has many surprises in store.
Queen Prairie Custom Bloom
In landscape design, the trends of a relatively new, but very universal trend - the prairie style - are rapidly spreading. One of the areas of landscape design, inspired by the typical panoramas of North America, offers to create gardens in the steppe style, requiring minimal maintenance. This style largely relies on sod perennials and ornamental herbs. And precisely because of its popularity, one not quite ordinary cereal got into the ranks of the favorites of recent years - butelois graceful.
Butelua at home, and even here, is known by the names of pasture, mosquito or bison grass (although the last nickname of butelua shares with another cereal - buhloe with much less attractive turfs, half lower, more suitable as an alternative to lawns).
Despite the fact that the genus Butelua includes more than 40 species of plants, only one beauty is cultivated in a garden culture - elegant butelua. This plant is an endemic of North America, growing on vast plains, in barren soils and boundless steppes. It is especially appreciated as a pasture crop, but in Europe and in our country butelua is rather an ornamental plant.
Butelua forms very dense and sparse, gradually growing sods. Due to its rather modest height, it is universal, compact, and appropriate even in gardens of a small area. This is one of the hummock-forming cereals that always look slightly wild and conquer natural beauty. The bootelua reaches a height of 20 to 50 cm. The sods are compact at first, but grow with age up to 40 cm in diameter.
The main pride and distinguishing feature of butelua is the one-sided spikelets in the brushes of inflorescences, which in shape are most similar to the separated propeller blades. True, they produce such an effect at a distance, but close to it most resemble thick one-sided brushes. Original spikelets are located horizontally at the top of the shoots, and though not the longest, but very dense and extremely interesting.
Butelua, due to its flowering, stands out even in the company of other cereals. Butelua blooms from June to September, throughout the summer. But not only the abundant color of the plant or the shape of the spikelets, but also the color change is noteworthy. In the beginning, immediately after blooming, the spikelets are red, carmine, blazing, strikingly bright.
Then they seemed to be ennobled, recalling their belonging to the family of cereals and brighten, changing the intense ruby color to straw-golden tones. Since the flowering is very long, from the beginning of summer on the plant you can observe spikelets of different colors, which only adds butelua attractiveness.
The use of butelua in landscape design
- as one of the most spectacular cereal crops to create the effect of prairies or wild steppes;
- in large groups and landscape arrays;
- in landscape ensembles and accents;
- in small spots on the lawns, along the paths;
- as a filler of soil with low fertility or unprocessed soils on the “residual” soil strips;
- in flower beds with cereal grasses;
- as an alternative to lawns in very hot and dry places where it is impossible to irrigate;
- as a landscape setting for soft and walking paths;
- as a spectacular and very interesting cereal in large containers, stone flower pots, large pots;
- in decorating recreation areas and terraces, flower-passes on paved areas;
- as a cut plant for obtaining original inflorescences for dry bouquets.
Butelua is especially good in the foregrounds of the tracks because she has so many beautiful details. She as if invites to admire herself and close by is much more attractive than from afar. Use it where you can see funny spikelets and one-sided brushes with different colors.
Conditions necessary for butelua in the garden
Queen of the prairie butelua surprisingly combines high winter hardiness and extreme heat loving. This plant is so hardy that it can be planted in the third zone, much north of the middle zone. A proof of the ability of Butelua to withstand very severe frosts is the fact that this cereal grows successfully in the mountains of Canada. But the heat lovingness of butelua is manifested in the need to grow in warm, open and sunny areas. The drier and more spacious the platform on which the bootelua was planted, the more beautiful it will grow. This is one of the most sun-loving cereals, but no less abundant mosquito grass will bloom in diffuse lighting.
Soil for butelua needs specific. The poorer and scarcer the soil, the better for this cereal. Leave nutritious soils for more demanding ornamental grasses, and use butelua to decorate places with fluffy, depleted soil. A very important parameter is dryness. Butelua does not like high humidity, much less dampness, and for her in the garden they select the driest areas.
Butelua care is really minimal
It is difficult to find a plant that is easier to grow than butelua. This cereal not only tolerates droughts well, but literally adores them. And even on the hottest days and in the absence of precipitation during an atypically long period in the summer, this cereal does not need to be watered. Also, butelua and any additional feeding are absolutely not needed - no matter how much the cereal grows in one place.
In fact, butelua does not need to be looked after at all. This is one of those cereals that you can forget about in terms of care and just admire their beauty. The only exception is overly active growth, during which butelua can be restrained by the separation of excess turf. Yes, and cut panicles-spikelets butelua have to do it yourself. Cleaning sods can be done anytime - in the fall, on the eve of winter, or to postpone a haircut until spring, decorating the garden with quivering and unusual spikelets that look great under the snow.
If butelua is used as a groundcover or as an alternative to lawn on extremely dry soils, it can be mowed low to get a denser coating. It is best to mow butelua as flowering lawns — twice a year or once a year to a height of about 5 cm.
Butelua is perhaps the easiest cereal to breed. New plants can be obtained by simply separating the bushes and turf, but it is much easier to get this plant from seeds. They grow in butelua at a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius, in any garden soil. Germination is very fast, takes only 2 weeks. And the growth of seedlings is even more active. In addition, butelua gives abundant, but not aggressive and easily controlled self-seeding, which can be used for planting in new places.
Pests and diseases of butelua
Butelua is a fully sustainable garden plant. He is not afraid of either fungal diseases or pests. And even the proximity to infected cultures will not do him any harm. But only if butelua does not grow in moist soil: in such places, it will quickly die from rot.