Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database

Imperata brevifolia

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Species Name: Imperata brevifolia
Common Name: Satintail

Use as an accent along moist edges. Previously mistakenly categorized as a noxious weed by the state of California.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Grass
Height by Width: 5'h x
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Semi-deciduous
Growth Rate: fast
Sun Exposure: Sun or partial sun
Soil Preference: Clay to sand
Water Requirements: Moist to semi-moist
Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring and Summer
Flower Color:
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: San Jacinto Valley, South Coast, San Gabriel Mountains, San Bernardino Mountains, Mojave Desert
Natural Habitat: Wet springs, meadows, streamsides, flood plains below 2000'

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