Melica imperfecta

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Melica imperfecta

Species Name: Melica imperfecta
Common Name: Oniongrass or Small-flowered melic

Bunch grass with purple panicles. Very attractive bunchgrass for small spaces.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Grass (cool season)
Height by Width: 2' H x 2' W
Growth Habit: Bunchgrass
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Seedheads
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Central and southern Sierra Nevada, Santa Cruz Mtns, South Coast Ranges, Southwestern CA, western Mojave Desert, Baja CA
Natural Habitat: Dry rocky hillsides, chaparral, woodlands. Elevation: below 4500'

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  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.