Plant Portraits:

The California Legacy of A.R. Valentien

Purple Needle-grass: Nassella pulchra

This beautiful native grass is found in oak woodlands, open areas, and chaparral at lower elevations in California and Baja California. Unfortunately, many species of grasses introduced from Europe and the Mediterranean have invaded habitats suited to our native grasses, competing with and excluding the native species. Grass seed from Europe got introduced early on with grains and fodder that was imported for livestock and spread across the California grasslands. Landscapers also have planted exotic grasses in yards and around buildings and these invade the canyons and surrounding wildlands, threatening our native plants.

Purple Needle-grass

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Painting Samples

    Five Finger Fern
    Giant Horsetail
    Purple Needle-grass
    Bear Grass
    Mariposa Lily
    Washington Lily
    Howell's Lewisia
    Matilija  Poppy
    California Poppy
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    Tree Anemone
    Toyon
    Buckeye
    California Lilac
    Ocotillo
    Teddy Bear Cholla
    Beavertail Cactus
    Velvet Cactus
    Balsam Root
    Western Thistle