Host an Event Volunteer Join Tickets

Support the plant database you love!


Plant Database

Search for native plants by scientific name, common name or family. If you are not sure what you are looking for, try the Combination Search or our Recommended Species lists.

Enter a Plant Name:
Or you can choose a plant family:

Aristida purpurascens var. purpurascens

Aristida purpurascens Poir. var. purpurascens

Arrowfeather Threeawn

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Aristida affinis, Aristida purpurascens var. minor


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


From the Image Gallery

No images of this plant

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 , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV
Canada: ON

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

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


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

Go back