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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Per unit for pint growing method $4
Flats $45

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Growth rate


Fall color



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

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