Nassella pulchra

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Nassella pulchra

Species Name: Nasella pulchra
Common Name: Purple-Needlegrass

A Southern California native bunchgrass that is both showy (purple seed heads) and tough (deep roots). Recommended for dry, hot areas and steep slopes. The official state grass of California.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Grass
Height by Width: 1-3' H x 2' W
Growth Habit: Bunchgrass
Deciduous/Evergreen: Semi-deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Sun to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 25 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Seedhead
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Northwest, north and central foothills of the Sierra Nevada, southern Sacramento Valley, Central West, South Coast, Channel Islands, western Transverse Range, Western Peninsular Range, Baja
Natural Habitat: Oak woodland, chaparral, grassland below 4100'

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