Aristida purpurea
Common Name Purple Threeawn
Latin Name Aristida purpurea
Family Poaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 8-10
Type / Form Grass / Medium
Native Habitat Dry prairies and rocky slopes of U. S. and northern Mexico
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, limestone, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water Once per month in summer
Exposure Full sun
Height X Width 3 feet X 3 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Purple green deciduous stems
Flowers Purple blooms April to October
Bark / Roots  
Maintenance Low
Propagagtion Seeds
Pests and diseases  
Landscape uses Erosion control, ground cover, low maintenance, background, parkways, cut flowers
Garden Suitability Thornless, Songbird
Ornamental Value Purple blooms April to October
Nature Value Seeds eaten by birds, grass browsed by wildlife
Native American Uses Basketry
Links  
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=arpu9
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aristida_purpurea
    Images and data http://www.wnmu.edu/academic/nspages/gilaflora/aristida_purpurea.html
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=670
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/128670/
    Images and data http://www.delange.org/PurpleThreeAwn/PurpleThreeAwn.htm
    Images and data http://www.mswn.com/Plant%20Info%20Sheets/Aristida%20purpurea.pdf
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Poaceae/Aristida_purpurea.html
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=670
    Images http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?query_src=photos_flora_sci&enlarge=0000+0000+1207+1604
    Data http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?Aristida+purpurea
    Seeds http://www.seedsource.com/catalog/detail.asp?product_id=2015
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Aristida+purpurea
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.smgrowers.com/products/plants/plantdisplay.asp?plant_id=2392
    Nursery Oak Hills Nursery, 13874 Ranchero Road, Oak Hills, 92345, 760-947-6261
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ARPU9
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