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Desert Needlegrass
DESERT NEEDLEGRASS
Achnatherum speciosum

Desert Needlegrass or Rice Grass is a cool-season bunchgrass with an attractive, plumy appearance. The dense seedheads bear spikelets with a distinctive bent or twisted awn extending far beyond the grain. This southwestern native can be commonly found in dry, sunny, gravelly, and rocky slopes.

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GARDENING BASICS
Type: Ornamental Grasses
Hardiness: 15˚F
Water: Very Low
Sun Exposure: Full
GROWTH
Growth Rate: Fast
Average Size: 1’ H × 1’ W
Coverage: 1 square foot
FOLIAGE
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Color: Green
FLOWERS & FRUITS
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Season: Late Spring
Fruit: Small seeds
MORE COMMENTS
Thorns: No
Allergies: Unknown
Larval host for Skippers and most Satyrs.