Hesperostipa spartea

Common name: Porcupine Grass

Native plant

A very graceful but not all that visible grass of dry prairies. Look for it to do best on sandy or gravel sites throughout the area and gardens with the same soils. The cool thing about this grass are the seeds. They look like porcupine quills and once picked will actually screw themselves into the soils. This is no joke. Take a seed and stick the pointy end into a styrofoam cup and leave it over night and you’ll see.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Standard
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 32 (plugs)
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon

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Plant Details

Plant type

Grasses, Sedges and Rushes

Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils


Prairie Grasslands

Growth form


Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
3 Feet
Mature width
1 Inches
Max height
4 Feet
Max width
1 Inches

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