Taxon  Report   665    
Aristida purpurea  Nutt.
Purple three awn,  Purple threeawn
Aristida purpurea
© 2007 Jason E. Willand
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Aristida purpurea
© 2013 James M. Andre
Aristida purpurea
© 2010 Michelle Cloud-Hughes
Aristida purpurea, a monocot, is a perennial grass that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Aristida purpurea
© 2013 Steve Matson
Communities: Coastal Sage Scrub, Creosote Bush Scrub
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

More information about  Aristida purpurea
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

ITIS Original Publication citation


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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]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 23, 2019).