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Stipa viridula

Green Needlegrass

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Stipa viridula (Green Needlegrass)

Green Needlegrass is a cool-season, perennial bunchgrass. Panicles are somewhat compact. Awns are usually twice bent, somewhat curly when mature, and roughly one inch long. Florets turn dark brown and shiny when ripe. Leaves are often rolled, thread-like toward the tip, four to 12 inches long with prominent veins above.

Additional Information:
Green needlegrass is nutritious, palatable, and decreases under grazing use. Awns are not troublesome to livestock as with some other needlegrasses. Green Needlegrass is frequently used for revegetation; 'Green stipagrass' and 'Lodorm' are common varieties. Grazing wildlife consume Green Needlegrass; birds and rodents feed on the seed.


Height
18-36 Inches

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Spread
- Inches

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USDA Hardiness Zone 3-4

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Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

UPL

Nature Attracting

Songbird

Root

Fibrous

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture

Average

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Birds
Food/Small Animals