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Plants of the San Marcos Foothills Preserve

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Stipa pulchra (Purple Needlegrass)

Common native perennial grass found in large stands on the West and East Mesas, also in scattered locations and planted at restoration sites. Flowers are grass like. Blooms in spring to summer.

Stipa pulchra (purple needle grass) NATIVE. Pictured in winter soon after first rains (note resprouting from base).


Stipa pulchra (purple needle grass). NATIVE. Pictured in winter.


Stipa pulchra (purple needle grass). NATIVE. Pictured in winter.


Stipa pulchra (purple needle grass). NATIVE. Pictured in winter.


Stipa pulchra (purple needle grass). NATIVE. Pictured in summer.