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Western Porcupine Grass

Hesperostipa spartea, native

  • Long-lived, cool season perennial
  • Light green, shiny leaves
  • Mature awns resemble quills of a porcupine
  • Can be grazed before seed heads appear
  • Natural tendency to establish on disturbed sites
  • Good winter hardiness
  • Deep root system to stabilize soil
  • Can be difficult to establish

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Characteristics Table
Growth HabitBunchgrass
Flood ToleranceFair
Drought ToleranceGood
Salt ToleranceFair
Soil PHNeutral
Soil TypeMedium to Fine
Approx. Seeds/lb203,000
Canopy Mature HeightUp to 100 cm

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