Purple Three Awn

Purple Three Awn


Purple Three Awn can be an important livestock forage species in areas of limited grazing; however, it can be invasive in certain situations, and its matured sharp awns can be problematic. It has some value as a landscape species for its drought tolerance.

Good source of livestock forage in arid areas where other forage species are limited. Provides habitat for small mammals and native bees. Used in native, water conserving landscaping.


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Planting: Plant late spring to early summer at a rate of 0.5-1 lb. pure live seed (PLS) per acre at 1/2 to 1 inch.

Soil: Dry coarse or sandy soils

Height: 0.5-2.5 feet

Type: Warm Season Perennial

Region: Western North America