Pleuraphis rigida

Pleuraphis rigida

Big galleta

Previous scientific name(s): Hilaria rigida

Formerly known as Hilaria rigida. Warm season, strongly rhizomatous perennial which grows in large clumps and with a shrub-like growth form. Grows best on sandy or gravelly soils, does poorly on clay soils. Tolerates drought better than any other species in the Hilaria genus. Greens up quickly after spring rains and again in the fall when moisture is available. Occurs over large expanses of sand dunes in the Sonoran and Mohave Desert communities. Good reclamation species for sandy or rocky sites.

Varieties: 

Species Attributes

Height: 
13 
- 24 
in. or taller
Season: 
Warm
Life Form: 
Bunchgrass
Native or Introduced: 
Native
Precipitation: 
in.
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Full Shade
Elevation: 
ft.

Soil Texture

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

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Not Adapted
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Average
Seeding Rate: 
- 7 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
4.50 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
350,000
Planting Season: 
Spring
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes