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Aristida purpurascens (Arrowfeather threeawn)
Smith, R.W.

Aristida purpurascens

Aristida purpurascens Poir.

Arrowfeather Threeawn

Poaceae (Grass Family)


USDA Symbol: ARPU8

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 40 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: Tan to purplish.


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MO , MS , NC , NE , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV
Canada: ON

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Aristida purpurascens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Aristida purpurascens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Aristida purpurascens


Record Modified: 2022-10-04
Research By: SET

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