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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Nassella cernua (Stebbins & R.M. Love) Barkworth
Nodding needlegrass, Nodding tussock grass
Synonyms: Stipa cernua
USDA Symbol: NACE
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May
CA , HI Native Distribution:
Sierra and Coast Range foothills Native Habitat:
Grassy foothills and valleys USDA Native Status: L48(N), HI(I)
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
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff