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Triplasis purpurea

Triplasis purpurea (Walter) Chapm.

Purple Sandgrass, Purple Triplasis

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Triplasis intermedia

USDA Symbol: TRPU4

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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Fruit Type: Achene , Caryopsis
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AL , AR , CO , CT , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , WI
Canada: ON
Native Habitat: Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannas

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay


Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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