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Aristida purpurea

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Aristida purpurea

Botanical Name: Aristida purpurea
Common Name: Purple Three Awn

Tough, beautiful ornamental bunchgrass. Has purple seed heads which wave gracefully in the wind. Recommended for erosion control on slopes, hillsides, and in canyons.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Grass (warm season)
Height by Width: 2-3' H x 2' W
Growth Habit: Bunchgrass
Deciduous/Evergreen: Warm-season
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Purplish
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Southwestern CA, deserts below 6000'
Natural Habitat: Sandy to rocky soils, slopes, plains below 6,600'

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