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Pacific Foxtail
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About Pacific Foxtail (Alopecurus saccatus) Alopecurus saccatus is a species of grass known by the common name Pacific foxtail, or Pacific meadow foxtail. It is native the west coast of the United States from Washington to California, where it grows in moist areas at low elevations. Alopecurus saccatus is an annual bunchgrass, forming tufts of stout, erect stems up to about 45 centimeters in maximum height. Leaves are up to 12 or 13 centimeters long. The inflorescence is a dense panicle up to 6 or 7 centimeters long which blooms in yellow to reddish brown anthers.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
1.5 ft (0.46 m)

Flower Color
Yellow, Red, Brown

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
7' - 6201'

Annual Precip. ?
7.5" - 65.5"

Summer Precip. ?
0.16" - 1.84"

Coldest Month ?
31.1° F - 55.4° F

Hottest Month ?
59.3° F - 80.8° F

Humidity ?
0.09 vpd - 29.09 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Pacific Meadow Foxtail

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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