Hilaria belangeri var. belangeri
USDA Symbol: hibeb
USDA Native Status:
Curly-mesquite is a tufted, perennial grass sending out slender stolons which produce new tufts in the internodes. The flowering culms are to 1 ft. tall with a slender spike. Twisted, grayish-green leaf blades, 4-6 in. tall, are covered with long, silvery, curly hairs.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Achene , Caryopsis
Size Notes: 4-6 inches tall.
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
DistributionUSA: AZ , NM , TX
Native Distribution: W. TX to AZ & n. Mex.
Native Habitat: Dry hillsides, swales, rocky slopes, plains, mesas
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils. Limestone-based, caliche type, sandy, sandy loam, medium loam, clay loam, clay
Conditions Comments: Curlymesquite, one of the more palatable grass species, can be important for forage use in the desert Southwest. Responds well to disturbance, can be used as a grass mix in urban lawns. Requires no water and very little care.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Turf, Ground cover, Can be mowed
Use Wildlife: This is an important wildlife forage grass. Seeds for granivorous birds, provides nesting material.
Deer Resistant: High
PropagationPropagation Material: Root Division
Description: Propagate by seed or divide roots while the grass is dormant.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
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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:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Hilaria belangeri var. belangeri in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Hilaria belangeri var. belangeri in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-10-12
Research By: RSB