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California Sawgrass
Cladium californicum

About California Sawgrass (Cladium californicum) Cladium californicum is a species of flowering plant in the sedge family known by the common name California sawgrass. It is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico where it grows in moist areas in a number of habitat types, often in alkaline soils. This is a perennial herb with a hollow, erect, rounded stem one to two meters tall. It grows from rhizomes in dense clumps. The narrow leaves are flat and edged with small, sharp teeth. The inflorescence is a large panicle of spikelets yielding oval-shaped, purplish-brown fruits.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
3.3 - 6.6 ft (1 - 2 m)

Flower Color
Purple, Brown

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
-218' - 7217'

Annual Precip. ?
2.2" - 17.7"

Summer Precip. ?
0.18" - 1.40"

Coldest Month ?
36.5° F - 61.3° F

Hottest Month ?
57.1° F - 90.8° F

Humidity ?
0.84 vpd - 49.17 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

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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