Stipa speciosa

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Stipa speciosa Seed Heads
Stipa speciosa

Botanical Name: Stipa speciosa
Common Name: Desert Needlegrass

Tough warm season bunchgrass. Seed cluster is similar in shape to that of our state grass- purple needle grass. Very ornamental. Recommended for hot, sunny areas.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Bunchgrass (cool season)
Height by Width: 9in - 2' H x 2' W
Growth Habit: Tufted but stout
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Seedhead
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Southern Sierra Nevada, Tehachapi, Outer South Coast Range, Southwest, Southeastern Sierra Nevada, Deserts
Natural Habitat: Rocky slopes, canyons, washes below 7260'

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