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Curly Mesquite Grass

Hilaria belangeri

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Grass
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low-moderate
Sun Full sun
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
.5' × 3'
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season July-November
Flower Color Reddish
Minimum Temperature Range 5-10 °F
Leaf Description Short, flat
Fruit Straw colored, splaying out when dry
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Elevation Range 3000-6000 ft.
Ethnobotany Good desert tortoise forage.
Description Curly mesquite grass spreads by stolons (above ground runners) to form a low, drought tolerant mat of foliage. This species features short flowering spikes topped with narrow clusters of reddish florets (the modified flowers found in grasses). This is a great grass to knit together the soil of basins or slopes, and if given a head start can act as a check on Bermuda grass (a non-native, invasive grass species). This species shows good potential as an alternative to more common turf grasses and does well planted around large shrubs or tree, and mixed with wildflowers.