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Nassella viridula (Green needlegrass)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Nassella viridula

Nassella viridula (Trin.) Barkworth

Green Needlegrass

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Stipa viridula

USDA Symbol: navi4

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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall.
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May


USA: AZ , CA , CO , IA , ID , IL , KS , MN , MT , ND , NE , NM , NY , SD , UT , WI , WY
Canada: AB , MB , NB , SK
Native Habitat: Prairie/Meadow/Field

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: High


Attracts: Birds

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2008-04-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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