Poaceae (Grass Family)
California brome is a variable species, differing in, among other things, duration. Considered annuals, biennials & perennials, all appear actually to be short-lived perennials that sometimes flower the first season. The culms are 2-3 ft. tall with a narrow panicle. The branches of the seed head are usually erect, but may be drooping.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
, WA Canada: AB Native Distribution:
B.C. through cismontane CA,
e. to ID
& NM; infrequent in the Great Plains Native Habitat:
A variety of open or shaded, dry sites
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Various dry soils.
Conditions Comments: Has been known to persist for several seasons, so can be treated somewhat like a perennial.
BenefitUse Food: Seed harvested by indigenous Californians.
Use Other: Culms used in basketry by indigenous Californians.
Last Update: 2008-10-19