needle grass, porcupine grass
[Stipa spartea Trin.]
Etymology: Hesperostipa: Greek hesperos for "western" ot "evening" and stipa for "fiber"
Plants: perennial grass
Habitat: sun; dry to moderate moisture; prairies
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 9 Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Grasses of Iowa: Detailed photographs, descriptions, maps Canada Agriculture and Agri-Food
Alberta Government: "The identification of certain native and naturalized grasses by their vegetative characters", S.E. Clarke, J.A. Campbell and W. Shevkenek. 1950.
(Publication no. 762 ; Technical bulletin no. 50). Drawings, descriptions.