Stipa cernua
Nassella cernua (Nodding needlegrass) #23371 Nassella cernua
Common Name Nodding Needlegrass
Latin Name Nassella cernua or Stipa cernua
Family Poaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 7-9, 11, 14-24 /
Type / Form Grass / Medium
Native Habitat Dry, decomposed granite, sand, limestone, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Soil Dry California slopes to 4,500 feet
Water Once per month in summer
Exposure Full sun
Height X Width Maximum maximum 3 feet X 4 feet, usual 2 feet X 3 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Yellow-green stems stems
Flowers Tufted foliage with elegant flower stems
Bark / Roots  
Maintenance Low
Propagation Seed
Pests and diseases  
Landscape uses Erosion control, ground cover, container, rock garden, low maintenance, parkways
Garden Suitability Thornless, Songbird
Ornamental Value Tufted foliage with elegant flower stems
Nature Value Seeds eaten by birds, grass browsed by wildlife
Native American Uses Basketry, seeds eaten
Links  
    Images and data http://www.calflora.net/bloomingplants/noddingneedlegrass.html
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=NACE
    Images and data http://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/doc/pg_nace.doc
    Data http://www.rbgkew.org.uk/data/grasses-db/www/imp09863.htm
    Data http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?8738,9138,9139
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/660.htm
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Nassella+cernua
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/county?state_name=California&statefips=06&symbol=NACE
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