Stipa pulchra (Nasella)

          Purple Needle Grass

Nassella-pulchra-2

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Horticultural Notes

12’ x 12-18”          Purple Needlegrass is a tufted perennial grass with attractive purple, needle-like spikelets. The Native Americans harvested the seed of many grasses. They would travel to favorite meadows (the woman’s family and relatives had harvesting rights, with the right passed down to daughters) and collected seeds when ripe often-returning multiple times to get different plants. When the harvesting was complete the field would be burned.