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Achnatherum coronatum

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Botanical Name: Achnatherum coronatum
Common Name: Giant Needlegrass

This cool season bunchgrass is excellent companion with Deergrass. Tolerates some foot-traffic. Recommended planting as specimens or in open areas between large shrubs or trees.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Grass (cool season)
Height by Width: 1-4' H x 4' W
Growth Habit: Upright, tall, dense
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Seedhead
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: South Coast Range, Southwest, Baja
Natural Habitat: Gravelly, rocky slopes, chaparral below 5000'

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