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Desert Fluff-grass Back to Plant Page
Dasyochloa pulchella

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About Desert Fluff-grass (Dasyochloa pulchella) Dasyochloa is a monotypic genus containing the single species Dasyochloa pulchella (formerly Erioneuron pulchellum), known as desert fluff-grass or low woollygrass, a densely tufted perennial grass found in the deserts of the southwestern United States. It is native to the Southwestern United States, California, and northern to central Mexico, where it grows in dry regions such as deserts. The leaves produce soft, cob-webby hairs that dissolve in water, after summer rains. The hairs are typically not present in spring. Numerous hairless, wiry, stems are 2-5 inches (5-13 cm) tall. Inflorescence. The hairy inflorescence is a spikelet on the end of the stem, surrounded by a bundle of bractlike leaves, and is 1/4" to 1/2" long. The spikelets which are pale in color, sometimes striped with red, purple, or green. It blooms from February to May.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
2 - 5 in (5.1 - 12.7 cm)

Flower Color
Cream, White

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
-72' - 7415'

Annual Precip. ?
2.9" - 23.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.40" - 2.88"

Coldest Month ?
34.3° F - 63.2° F

Hottest Month ?
61.6° F - 88.8° F

Humidity ?
2.77 vpd - 42.83 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Low Woollygrass, A Densely Tufted

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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