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Pleuraphis jamesii

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Species Name: Pleuraphis jamesii
Common Name: James' Galleta

This tough desert grass spreads by rhizomes to form a sod or series of bunches. Excellent for erosion control. Can grow in a wide range of soil types, and is often found in clay.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Grass
Height by Width: 3 in. to 2' H x spreading
Growth Habit: Sod-forming
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
Cold Hardy to: 7500'
Flower Season: May-October
Flower Color: Green to golden brown
Distribution: Eastern Sierra Nevada, northern and eastern desert mountains
Natural Habitat: Dry, sandy to rocky slopes, flats, scrub, woodland, 3000-7500'"

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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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