Hesperostipa comata ssp. comata

Hesperostipa comata ssp. comata

Needle and thread

Previous scientific name(s): Hesperostipa comata var. comata, Stipa comata, Stipa comata ssp. intonsa

Also known as Stipa comata. Cool season, very drought tolerant, short-lived perennial bunchgrass adapted to coarse, well-drained soils. Provides good forage when green but after maturity the sharp needle-like seed can cause festering sores in animals. Extensively used for revegetating drastically disturbed sites and blowout areas.

Varieties: 
Boardman

Species Attributes

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

Soil Texture

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

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Not Adapted
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Average
Seeding Rate: 
10 
- 14 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
29.10 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
115,000
Planting Season: 
Fall
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes