Hesperostipa neomexicana (Thurb. ex J.M. Coult.) Barkworth
New Mexico Feathergrass
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Synonym(s): Stipa neomexicana
USDA Symbol: HENE5
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: The flowers (florets) of grasses are often minute and therefore inconspicuous.
DistributionUSA: AZ , CO , NM , NV , OK , TX , UT , WY
Native Distribution: Trans-Pecos and west Plains Country of Texas; Wyoming south to Arizona and Coahuila, Mexico.
Native Habitat: Rocky, usually limestone slopes.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2) , Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
BenefitUse Wildlife: Foraging supply for wildlife in spring and fall.
Interesting Foliage: yes
Deer Resistant: No
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Hesperostipa neomexicana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Hesperostipa neomexicana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Hesperostipa neomexicana
MetadataRecord Modified: 2019-06-19
Research By: TWC Staff