Stipa speciosa

Desert needlegrass, formerly Achnatherum speciosum

  • Height:   1 ft - 3 ft
  • Life Cycle:   perennial
  • Growth Type:   grass
  • Flower Size:   minute
  • Inflorescence Size:   1 - 5 in
  • Flower Type:   grass spikelet
  • Bloom Type:   cool (grasses)
  • Native to California:   YES
  • California Range:   desert - inland - mountain
  • Water Requirements:   low
  • Average Live Seed per Bulk Pound:   67,500
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Taxon report data from Calflora

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Stipa speciosa

Common Name:Desert needle grass
a.k.a.: Achnatherum speciosum

Stipa speciosa, a angiosperm, is a perennial grass that is native to California.

US Distribution:
Plant Community(s):Creosote Bush Scrub, Joshua Tree Woodland, Chaparral

Name Status:

Recognized as current in TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93

County distribution list:

El Dorado, Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kings, Kern, Lassen, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Benito, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Sierra, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura

See a detailed Distribution Grid of this plant in Calfornia.

Links: USDA Plants Profile | Jepson Herbarium

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Bloom Months
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