Calflora
Taxon  Report   12067    
Stipa pulchra  Hitchc.
Purple needle grass
Stipa pulchra
© 2018 Gary McDonald
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Stipa pulchra
© 2018 Gary McDonald
Stipa pulchra
© 2018 Tristan Brenner
Stipa pulchra, a monocot, is a perennial grass that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Stipa pulchra
© 2006 Brent Miller
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Stipa
Communities: Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub, Foothill Woodland

Habitat: slopes

Name Status:
Accepted by ICPN

PLANTS accepted name:
Nassella pulchra

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Nassella pulchra
More information about  Stipa pulchra
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

USDA PLANTS Profile (NAPU4)

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Nov 18, 2018).

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