Common Name Smallflower Melicgrass, California Melic, Oniongrass
Latin Name Melica imperfecta
Native Habitat MojaveDeserts below 4,500 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water None to twice per month in summer
Height X Width Maximum maximum 4 X 4 feet, usual 18 inches to 2 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Bright green, slender, dormant in summer
Garden Suitability Thornless
Ornamental Value Lacy flowers in spring, bunch grass
Nature Value Flowers used by bees, seeds eaten by birds, erosion control
Native American Uses Seeds ground into flour
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