Pleuraphis rigida Thurb.
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Synonym(s): Hilaria rigida
USDA Symbol: PLRI3
This perennial grass is robust and branching from a woody base. Numerous rigid, felty flowering culms rise 2-3 ft. and bear narrow spikes of bearded spikelets. The leaf blades are also rigid and felty, some almost leathery at the point.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , NM , NV , UT
Native Distribution: S.w UT to NV & AZ, s. CA & adjacent Mex.
Native Habitat: Deserts; sandy, gravelly washes & plains
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: None
Soil Description: Sandy & gravelly soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Propagate by seed or divide roots while the grass is dormant.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No pretreatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
BibliographyBibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Pleuraphis rigida in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pleuraphis rigida in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Pleuraphis rigida
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff