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Desert Needle Grass, Stipa speciosa 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.
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