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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Aristida purpurea var. longiseta (Steud.) Vasey
Red three-awn, Fendler three-awn
Synonyms: Aristida longiseta
USDA Symbol: ARPUL
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The culms and leaf blades of this densely tufted, perennial bunchgrass rise 8-12 in. in height. The seedhead is narrow and erect with ascending branches. Three long, reddish bristles extend from each flower.
Taller and more robust populations occurring eastward to Minnesota and west to Washington and California were once referred to as Aristida longiseta var. robusta.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
AZ , CA , CO , IA , ID , KS , LA , MN , MT , NC , ND , NE , NM , NV , OK , OR , SC , SD , TX , UT , WA , WY Canada: BC
, SK Native Distribution:
B.C. & e. WA to the Dakotas & IA, s. to OR, AZ, TX & Mex. Native Habitat:
Dry hills & plains USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2009-05-27
Research By: TWC Staff