Achnatherum lettermanii (Vasey) Barkworth
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Synonym(s): Stipa lettermanii
USDA Symbol: ACLE9
The culms of this bunchgrass, occurring in large tufts, rise 1-2 ft. among leaves of equal height. The seedhead is slender and narrow with spikelets bearing a distinctive awn extending far beyond the grain.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WY
Native Distribution: Gallatin Co., MT to OR, s. to n. NM & s. CA
Native Habitat: Open woods & dry flats at high altitudes
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Useful for revegetating upper elevation sites.
PropagationDescription: Sow seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Seed does not require pretreatment.
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Achnatherum lettermanii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Achnatherum lettermanii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Achnatherum lettermanii
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff