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Aristida purpurea var. nealleyi

Aristida purpurea Nutt. var. nealleyi (Vasey) Allred

Blue Threeawn

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Aristida glauca, Aristida nealleyi, Aristida purpurea var. glauca, Aristida reverchonii, Aristida stricta var. nealleyi


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Caryopsis

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: The florets (flowers) of grasses are usually so minute that they are not visible to the naked eye.


USA: AZ , CA , IL , KS , NM , NV , OK , TX , UT

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry

Value to Beneficial Insects

Provides Nesting Materials/Structure for Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Additional resources

USDA: Find Aristida purpurea var. nealleyi in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Aristida purpurea var. nealleyi in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Aristida purpurea var. nealleyi


Record Modified: 2014-02-25
Research By: TWC Staff

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