Melica californica

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Species Name: Melica californica
Common Name: California Melic

A delicately clumping bunchgrass with bright green foliage in winter and spring. Will tolerate full sun but performs best in light shade. Recommended for dry shade gardens.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Bunchgrass (cool)
Height by Width: 1-2' H x 1-2' W
Growth Habit: Bunchgrass
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer/Fall dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Part shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 6300'
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Seedheads
Distribution: Norhtwest, Sierra Nevada Foothills,Tehachapi, central west, western Transverse Ranges
Natural Habitat: Open hillsides, oak woodland, coniferous forest, below 6300'

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Other Names
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.