Chino Hills Purple Three-Awn Grass

Aristida purpurea 'Chino Hills'

A durable native desert grass that forms a tuft of finely textured foliage and develops airy, luminescent, purple plumes that shimmer in the summer breeze. Tolerates nutrient-poor, clay soils and drought. Ideal for hot, sunny, low-water landscapes. Excellent for erosion control on arid slopes and hillsides. Evergreen in mild winter regions.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationar-RISS-tih-duh pur-PUR-ee-uh
LoreIt is reported that although 'Chino Hills' may occasionally reseed, it does not reseed prolifically and is relatively easy to contain.
Average Size at MaturityFoliage reaches 1 1/2 to 2 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide; 2 1/2 ft. tall in bloom.
Bloom TimeSpring through Fall
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeLong Bloom Season, Showy Plumes
Flower ColorPurplish-pink
Foliage ColorLight Green
Garden StyleContemporary, Rustic, Xeric
Growth HabitUpright
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Hillside, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden, Naturalized Areas
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Clump Forming, Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Fast Growing, Bird Friendly, Heat Loving
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsBlack-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Coneflower (Echinacea); Salvia (Salvia); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Speedwell (Veronica)

Prefers dry, rocky soils but adapts to a range of soils including clay. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates drought. Plumes diminish after bloom period; remove plumes in late fall for a tidy appearance. Prune away old foliage in late winter or early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-10

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