Needle and Thread

Hesperostipa comata

A short-lived, native bunchgrass that grows 1-3’ tall. Adapted to the 7-16” precipitation zone. Very drought tolerant and a good revegetation species for disturbed sites and blowout areas up to 8,500 ft in elevation. The long awns on mature plants can cause problems for grazing livestock. Widely distributed throughout the Western United States.

Lifespan: Perennial
Season: Cool
Origin: Native
Soil: Sandy, Clay, Loam
Habitat: Plains, Deserts, Prairies, Roadsides, Foothills, Ditch banks, Rangelands, Dry gravely slopes
Growth Habit: Bunch grass

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