Dasyochloa pulchella (Kunth) Willd. ex Rydb.
Desert Fluffgrass, Low Woollygrass, Low Tridens, Fluff Grass, Fluffgrass, Desert Fluff-grass
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Synonym(s): Erioneuron pulchellum, Tridens pulchellus, Triodia pulchella
USDA Symbol: DAPU7
A low, densely tufted perennial bunchgrass, sometimes forming open mats.
Although generally considered to be a poor forage grass, this plant is quite attractive. Its fluffiness contrasts with the stark, open background of its relatively barren habitat.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Fruit Type: Achene , Caryopsis
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: The flowers (florets) of grasses are often minute and therefore not visible to the naked eye.
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , CO , MD , NM , NV , TX , UT
Native Distribution: S. Nevada, Utah, Colorado to Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
Native Habitat: Hillsides/Slopes, Flat desert areas
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay
BibliographyBibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Dasyochloa pulchella in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Dasyochloa pulchella in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Dasyochloa pulchella
MetadataRecord Modified: 2021-12-01
Research By: TWC Staff