Melica harfordii

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USDA Hardiness zone: Zn5a -15º to -20ºF

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Melica harfordii

Harford’s onion grass isn’t really an onion, its a true grass and is widespread in Western Oregon.  A handsome blue green clumping  grass on average to 2′ tall- bigger in rich soil with irrigation. smaller in natural rainfall only plants. The blue green blades which are up to 4.5 mm wide arch on a vase shaped plant. In mid spring to early summer infloresences that soar up and out with  the stems lined in larger seeds.  Superfically, they resemble.rice plants thought this is a drylands grass. Wonderful meadow component. Summer drought adapted, competes well with foreign invaders as well. Currently its most stable populations occur on the upper dry banks of rivers. This native grass goes summer dormant with drought. Self sows, best in an environment where this is not a problem. Handsome, graceful, useful native grass.  Combine with Sidalcea virgata and  Iris tenax. Oregon native plant.

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