Botanical Name: Bromus ramosus
Species: B. ramosus
Synonyms: Bromopsis ramosa (Huds.) Holub
Common Names:Hairy Brome
(The name Bromus comes from the term brome, meaning oats. Unlike most other bromes (Bromus sp.), it grows in shady sites under trees.)
Habitat: Bromus ramosus is native to most of Europe south from Scandanavia, including Britain, to N. Africa and temperate Asia. It grows in hedges and woods.
Bromus ramosus is a perennial herbaceous bunchgrass, typically reaching 1–2 metres (3–7 ft) tall. The leaves are long, usually drooping, 20–50 cm (8–20 in) long and 10–15 mm (0.4–0.6 in) wide, and finely hairy. It is in flower from July to August. The flower spike is gracefully arched with pendulous spikelets on long slender stems in pairs on the main stem.
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Bromus ramosus subsp. benekenii (Lange) Schintz et Thell. – lesser hairy brome
Bromus ramosus subsp. ramosus.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. Succeeds in a sunny position in most well-drained soils.
Through Seed – sow spring or autumn in situ and only just cover. Germination should take place within 2 weeks. If seed is in short supply it can be surface sown in a cold frame in early spring. When large enough to handle, prick out the seedlings into individual pots and plant them out in early summer. Division in spring. Large clumps can be planted out direct into their permanent positions whilst it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are ready to be planted out.
The plant is used in Bach flower remedies – the keywords for prescribing it are ‘Uncertainty’, ‘Despondency’ and ‘Dissatisfaction.
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