Nassella cernua (Stebbins & R.M. Love) Barkworth
Nodding needlegrass, Nodding tussock grass
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Synonym(s): Stipa cernua
USDA Symbol: NACE
A large-clumped bunchgrass, 2-3 ft. high, with numerous basal leaf blades and a showy, open seedhead with slender, flexuous branches. The awn extends up to 4 in. beyond the seed.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May
DistributionUSA: CA , HI
Native Distribution: Sierra and Coast Range foothills
Native Habitat: Grassy foothills and valleys
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Dry, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Sow seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No treatment necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
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
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Nassella cernua in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Nassella cernua in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Nassella cernua
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff