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Grass Family (Poacae). Needle and thread is a native, cool season, perennial bunch grass. It ranges in height from 1 to 4 feet. It has narrow basal leaves with the blade usually rolled inward, 3 to 12 inches long. Leaves along the stem are shorter and wider than the basal leaves. The seedhead is an open panicle 5 to 10 inches long that is loosely spreading with 1 flowered spikelets. Each seed is 3/8 inch long. The lemma has a slender awn usually 4 to 5 inches long, sometimes 9 inches. Part of the awn next to the seed is tightly twisted and covered with fine soft hair. The awn tip is rough and usually straight.

Distribution: For current distribution, please consult the Plant Profile page for this species on the PLANTS Web site.


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USDA NRCS National Plant Data Center

Source: USDA NRCS PLANTS Database

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