Aristida purpurea

Purple Three Awn

  • Height:   1 - 3 ft
  • Life Cycle:   perennial
  • Growth Type:   grass
  • Flower Size:   minute
  • Inflorescence Size:   1 - 5 in
  • Flower Type:   grass spikelet
  • Bloom Type:   warm (grasses)
  • Native to California:   YES
  • California Range:   desert - inland - mountain
  • Water Requirements:   low
  • Salt Tolerance:   medium
  • Characteristics / Comments:   soil/dune stabilization
  • Average Live Seed per Bulk Pound:   156,000
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Taxon report data from Calflora

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Aristida purpurea

Common Name:Purple three awn

Aristida purpurea, a monocot, is a perennial grass that is native to California.

US Distribution:
Plant Community(s):Coastal Sage Scrub, Creosote Bush Scrub

Name Status:

Recognized as current in TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93

County distribution list:

Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Diego, Tehama, Ventura

See a detailed Distribution Grid of this plant in Calfornia.

Links: USDA Plants Profile | Jepson Herbarium

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