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Columbia Needlegrass
Stipa nelsonii
About Columbia Needlegrass (Stipa nelsonii) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Columbia Needlegrass (Achnatherum nelsonii) is a native grass that grows in Northern, Southern and Central California, primarily in the Modoc Plateau region. It tends to grow in open spaces and meadows, at elevations from 1600-11500 feet.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

6 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 5 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Full Sun


Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Open spaces and meadows

Annual Precipitation: 15.8" - 133.8", Summer Precipitation: 0.20" - 3.99", Coldest Month: 19.7" - 49.8", Hottest Month: 42.9" - 77.3", Humidity: 0.46" - 25.69", Elevation: 96" - 10860"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Achnatherum nelsonii
Common Names: Nelson Achnatherum

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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