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Hairy tridens

Erioneuron pilosum



This low, tufted grass has erect, slender stems, usually with only one node above the basal cluster of leaves. The blades are narrow, often folded at the mid-vein, fuzzy, grayish green with white margins, and pointed at the tip. The ligule is a fringe of hairs. The short, dense, club-shaped panicles are purple to white. Lemmas and paleas have distinct fuzzy, soft, white hair.

Hairy tridens is a perennial, warm-season, native – 4 to 12 inches tall.

Poor grazing for livestock and wildlife.


Grows on dry, gravelly, shallow soil and invades overgrazed areas.