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Muhlenbergia asperifolia (Scratchgrass)
Juett, William

Muhlenbergia asperifolia

Muhlenbergia asperifolia (Nees & Meyen ex Trin.) Parodi

Scratchgrass, Alkali Muhly

Poaceae (Grass family)

Synonym(s): Sporobolus asperifolius


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 3 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AZ , CA , CO , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , MD , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , SD , TX , UT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , ON , SK
Native Habitat: Moist, often alkaline meadows, playa margins, sandy washes, grassy slopes and around seeps and hot springs.

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 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 32 - Grasses of Canada, the U.S., and Mexico - North America north of Mexico (all countries, provinces, states, territories) (2019) Open Herbarium (
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-09-23
Research By: CBR

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