Photo of Grayia spinosa (Hook.) Moq.
Common Name Spiny Hopsage, Hopsage
Latin Name Grayia spinosa
Native Habitat Mojave Desert from 2,500 to 7,500 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water None
Height X Width 2 feet X 2 feet, 5 feet X 5 feet rare
Protective Mechanism Spines on leaves
Leaves Evergreen, dark green to bright red leaves
Garden Suitability Sonoran, Songbird
Ornamental Value Dark green leaves, bright red flowers March through June
Nature Value Browse for big game, primary growth after over grazing
Native American Uses Seeds ground into flour to make pinole
Links  
    Images and data http://www.calflora.net/bloomingplants/spinyhopsage.html
    Images and data http://extension.usu.edu/rangeplants/Woody/spinyhopsage.htm
    Data http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=242415466
    Images http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?stat=BROWSE&query_src=photos_flora_sci&where-genre=Plant&where-taxon=Grayia+spinosa
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/330.htm
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=GRSP
  Note:  Plant in wind protected spot
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