Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database

Agrostis pallens

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Botanical Name: Agrostis pallens
Common Name: Diego Bent Grass

This drought-tolerant lawn substitute tolerates moderate foot traffic and can be mowed. With some supplemental summer water it will remain green year round.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Grass (cool season)
Height by Width: 1' H x 1' W
Growth Habit: Spreads by rhizomes
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Part sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Seedhead
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Throughout California Floristic Province, Great Basin
Natural Habitat: Open meadows, wooded forest, subalpine from 800-11,000'

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Other Names
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.
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