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Small Flowered Needlegrass
Stipa lepida
  
About Small Flowered Needlegrass (Stipa lepida) 20 Nurseries Carry This Plant Small Flowered Needlegrass (Nassella lepida) is a native grass that grows in northern, southern and central California. It is fast growing and moderately long-lived. It grows in an upright form to a height of 3 feet, with active growth during the spring. Flowers are yellow and bloom in the early spring. Leaves are medium green and deciduous. It tends to grow in dry slopes, at elevations from 0-4000 feet.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Grass

Size
Size
1.7 - 3.3 ft tall
2 ft wide

Form
Form
Mounding

Dormancy
Dormancy
Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow

Wildlife Supported
 


 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Shade, Part Shade, Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Never irrigate once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 15° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Slow, Medium

Soil Description
Soil Description
Adaptable but often found in clay loam. Soil PH: 5.3 - 8.2

Common uses
Common uses
Groundcovers

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Native annual wildflowers such as Buckwheats (Eriogonum spp.) and Golden Yarrow (Eriophyllum confertiflorum) and other native grasses.

Maintenance
Maintenance
Can be mowed or sheared to 4-6 inches

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed (no treatment, plant in summer/fall) or by divisions (plant in winter)

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
7*, 8, 9*, 11, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dry slopes

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 9.1" - 101.9", Summer Precipitation: 0.15" - 2.78", Coldest Month: 38.3" - 56.7", Hottest Month: 62.2" - 80.8", Humidity: 0.48" - 28.89", Elevation: 13" - 5599"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Nassella lepida
Common Names: Foothill Stipa, Small-flowered Needlegrass, Small-flowered Stipa, Smallflower Tussockgrass


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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