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Purple Needlegrass

Stipa pulchra (Nassella pulchra)
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Common Name: Purple Needlegrass
Botanical Name(s): Stipa pulchra (Nassella pulchra)


Purple Needlegrass
Named "California State Grass" because of its wide range of adapation in climates and soils.  Attractive grass with interesting seed panicles.  Popular in native grass mixtures and in wildflower mixtures. Also can be planted with almost any native shrub or tree.

Seeds per pound: 150,000
Seeding rate per pound: 1,500 sq. ft.
% Purity  /  % Germination (Typical) 90 / 70
Growing Regions: All except elevations above 5,000 ft. throughout western U.S.
Native To: California
Life Cycle: Perennial
Characteristics: Bunchgrass
Season Type: Cool-Season
Exposure: Sun
Height: 12-24 inches
Establishment: Easy, Reseeds
Water Requirements: Low
Wildlife: Bird Nesting, Cover

Cultural Information:

Self sowing.

₁ Seeding rate is based on seeding alone.  When seeding with other species the rates should be reduced.  Contact us for recommendations.

 


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