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Achnatherum lemmonii

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Achnatherum lemmonii

Lemmon's Needlegrass

Community: Foothill

Brief Description

Xeric decorative grass survives harsh conditions.

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  • Drought Hardy
  • Thrives on Poor Soils
  • Fine Leaves
  • Decorative Seed Heads

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Plant Description and Details

Thriving on sunny, dry, low fertility soils, Needlegrass is valued for its soil stabilization and revegetating strengths. Named for its spike-like seeds.It could star in naturalized areas with little foot traffic or in a corner as a native ornamental grass. 2-3 properly-timed summer mowings will prevent the plants from maturing seed.

Common Names Lemmon's Needlegrass
Community Foothill
Annual Water Needs 15-20 inches
Drought Tolerant Yes
Native Range Upland prairie, rocky outcrops, sunny slopes, open woods, all elevations west of the Rockies.
Native States CA, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA
Hardiness Down to Zone 4
Exposure Sun
Soil Preference Well Drained
Placement Naturalized plantings, ornamental grass, lawn alternative.
Mature Height 1 - 2 ft.
Mature Width 12 in.
Group Spacing 10-20 in.
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 2-3 times deeply the first summer.
Maintenance Tips Can be mown occasionally for a low-maintenance lawn.
Wildlife Notes Good browse for deer, seeds nourish birds.
Plants Symbol ACLE8
Family Name Poaceae
Lewis & Clark No

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