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Thurber's Needlegrass
Stipa thurberiana
About Thurber's Needlegrass (Stipa thurberiana) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Thurber's Needlegrass (Achnatherum thurberianum) is a native grass that grows in northern, southern and central California. It is moderately fast growing and moderately long-lived. It grows in an upright form to a height of 2 feet, with active growth during the spring and summer. Flowers are yellow and bloom in the mid spring. Leaves are gray-green and deciduous. It tends to grow in canyons, at elevations from 4900-8500 feet.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

2 - 2.5 ft tall

Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, Brown

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 4 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade

Common uses
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens

For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2*, 3*, 7*, 10*, 11, 12, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type

Annual Precipitation: 7.4" - 53.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.53" - 2.42", Coldest Month: 25.0" - 39.5", Hottest Month: 48.1" - 66.7", Humidity: 1.27" - 20.69", Elevation: 1658" - 10385"

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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