Nassella lepida

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Species Name: Nassella lepida
Common Name: Foothill Needegrass

A tough native bunchgrass that is highly recommended for erosion control. Also does well under native oak trees. Easy to grow and excellent for birds.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Grass (cool season)
Height by Width: 1-2' H x 1-2' W
Growth Habit: Bunchgrass
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Seedhead
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Northwest, Central West, South Coast, Channel Islands, Western Transverse Ranges
Natural Habitat: Dry slopes, chaparral, oak grassland below 5300'

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Other Names
  • 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.