Purple Needle Grass
Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants
These needle grasses were once included in Stipa. All are clump formers characterized by long awns—needlelike or threadlike appendages that give a feathery look to the inflorescence. The California natives look much alike; all are useful for revegetation of wild areas, for stabilizing soil, and for restoring natural meadows. They can be started from seed. Clear area of weeds and other grasses first; Nassella species can self-sow once established, but initially they cannot compete with other vegetation.
All these needle grasses are cool-season growers that go dormant during hot, dry summers, reviving with cooler autumn weather and rains.Nassella pulchra
The classic native California bunch grass, growing about 3 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide. Blooms in late winter and early spring, with ears producing 4-in. awns (bristles) that age to silver.
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