Curly Mesquite Grass gets its name from the way the leaves curl up when it goes dormant, (perennial clumping grass) and because it is often found in mesquite tree groves. This is an Arizona native
Once established, this is a drought tolerant grass, and spreads underground by stolons.
Blooming Period: Spring/Summer Exposure: Full Sun, intolerant of shade. Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, no clay soils. Water Usage: Xeric once established Type:Open Pollinated
Desert Needle Grass - Achnatherum speciosa
Desert Needle Grass is a beautiful perennial bunch grass with attains a height of up to 2 feet. When it begins to go to seed, it has a fluffy appearance, and is found on sloped and in rocky areas below 6500 feet. If allowed to grow, it will come back larger and stronger year after year. Survives freezing. Once established it (like Indian Ricegrass) provides shelter, food for wildlife, and is a gorgeous addition to any garden. Excellent for reclamation of disturbed sites.
Needs excellent drainage.
Sunset Zone(s): USDA Zone(s): 7-10 Blooming Period: Spring Exposure: Full Sun Soil Type: Gravelly, no clay soils. Water Usage: Xeric once established Collection elevation: 3850 feet Location: San Bernardino County Type:Open Pollinated
Found throughout the Mojave and Colorado Deserts Indian Ricegrass is a gorgeous native bunch grass. It is delicate looking, but it withstands the heat, cold, and ferocious winds of the desert. This is a drought tolerant slender grass which can grow up to 24 inches high
It is highly palatable to livestock, both while green in spring and dried in late summer so be careful where you plant this one. It will not tolerate shade or poor drainage.
Indian Ricegrass seed was once used by Native Americans for grinding into meal or flour to make bread.
USDA Zone(s): 4-9 Blooming Period: Spring Exposure: Full Sun Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, no clay soils. Water Usage: Xeric once established Collection elevation: 3300 feet Location: San Bernardino County Type:Open Pollinated
Sand Dropseed is an important native grass, and is eaten by many animals, both wild and domestic. It is a tall, warm-season, fine leafed bunch grass which grows to about 12 inches. It demonstrates good drought tolerance. Excellent for soil stabilization.
Sunset Zone(s): 1-3, 7, 9, 10-24 Blooming Period: May-October Exposure: Full Sun Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, no clay soils. Water Usage: Xeric once established Collection elevation: 3475 feet Location: San Bernardino County Type:Open Pollinated
Desert Seed Store Post Office Box 260
Apple Valley, CA 92307