The official state grass, purple needle grass is relatively easy to identify in the spring by its purply seed heads, and long needle-like awns. A perennial bunchgrass quintessential to the rolling hills of California, like all native bunch grasses, this grass does an excellent job sequestering and storing carbon in the ground. Imagine if our hillsides were restored to their perennial native glory, rather than the european, annual grasses that domiante today...carbon would be stored back in its rightful place, and the color of our rolling hills would stay greener longer! Start in your own garden, and let your imagination run wild. 

Purple Needle Grass (Stipa pulchra) 4" potted plant


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