Hesperostipa comata ssp. comata (Needle and thread)

Formerly known as Stipa comata. Cool season, very drought tolerant, short-lived perennial bunchgrass adapted to coarse, well-drained soils. Provides good forage when green but after maturity the sharp needle-like seed can cause festering sores in animals. Extensively used for revegetating drastically disturbed sites and blowout areas.

Native Distribution

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INFORMATION & ATTRIBUTES

Family: Poaceae

Duration:Perennial, short-lived

Growth Habit: Graminoid

Native Status: Native

Season: Cool

Growth Form: Bunchgrass

Mature Height: 36 in.

Annual Precipitation: 5-20 in.

Drought Tolerance: High

Shade Tolerance: Intolerant

Elevation:

Wetland Indicator Status

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance: High

SOIL ADAPTATION

Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: No

Salinity Tolerance: No

CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium

pH Range: 6.6-8.4


SEEDING NOTES

Seeds per Pound: 137,800

Seeding Rate: 10-14 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Fall

Days to Germination:


VARIETIES & LOCAL ACCESSIONS

Boardman - Source Identified selection out of Morrow County, WA.