Achnatherum speciosum

Achnatherum speciosum

Desert needlegrass

Previous scientific name(s): Stipa speciosa

Formerly known as Stipa speciosa. Tall, cool season, perennial bunchgrass found commonly in dry, rocky or sandy areas of the sagebrush deserts, canyons, or Pinyon-Juniper woodlands. Very drought hardy with an attractive, plumy appearance. Recommended for revegetation or landscaping.

Varieties: 

Species Attributes

Height: 
25 
in.
Season: 
Cool
Life Form: 
Bunchgrass
Native or Introduced: 
Native
Precipitation: 
in.
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Part Sun
Elevation: 
ft.

Soil Texture

Coarse: 
Average
Moderately Coarse: 
Best
Medium: 
Best
Moderately Fine: 
Marginal
Fine: 
Not Adapted

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Marginal
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Marginal
Seeding Rate: 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
25.20 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
182,000
Planting Season: 
Spring
Fall
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes