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Desert native grasses are an incredibly important part of desert ecosystems.They're also some of the prettiest species of grass around.

Most form extensive root systems and help prevent erosion. Seeds also provide food for wildlife. 

Most desert grasses are perennial bunch grasses, and will come back year after year. 

 

 

  Arizona Cottontop Digitaria californica



Arizona Cottontop is a warm season, perennial bunch grass native to the desert southwest. Height ranges from 1 1/2 to 4 feet. This is a grass grazed by many species of desert wildlife.

Sunset Zone(s): 10,12
USDA Zone(s): 6-10
Blooming Period: Spring (out of stock until Summer 2014)
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun
Soil Type: Gravelly, sand.
Water Usage: Xeric once established
Location: Arizona
Type:Open Pollinated
NOTE: CNPS List: Rare in California

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Curly Mesquite Grass - Hilaria belangeri

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 by rhizomes and runners

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

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  Desert Galleta Grass ( Pleuraphis jamesii, Hilaria jamesii )



Galleta grass is throughout the Mojave and Colorado Deserts in areas undisturbed by grazing, off-road vehicle use or other habitat degradation. Especially good for stabilizing or restoring disturbed or degraded areas. Another gorgeous desert native bunch grass.



Sunset Zone(s): Given excellent drainage (modification of compacted or other water-holding soils may be necessary) , grows especially well in zones 3, 8-10, 14-16, 18-23 and also in zones 1, 2, 7, 17, and 24. With moderate summer watering, grows especially well in zones 11, 12, and 13.
Blooming Period: Spring
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, no clay soils.
Collection elevation: 3475 feet
Location: San Bernardino County
Type:Open Pollinated
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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. Slow to germinate.


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

Price: $6.59 
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Indian Rice Grass -- Achnatherum hymenoides

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

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Sand Dropseed Grass Sporobolus cryptandrus

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

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