Taxon  Report   12067    
Stipa pulchra  Hitchc.
Purple needle grass
Stipa pulchra
© 2018 Gary McDonald
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Stipa pulchra
© 2003 Brent Miller
Stipa pulchra
© 2008 Zoya Akulova
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   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria


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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]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 19, 2019).