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.
Stem Texture: Hairy
Growth Habit: Bunch grass, Grasses
Distribution : 02 - Gulf Prairies and Marshes, 04 - Blackland Prairies, 05 - Cross Timbers and Prairies, 06 - South Texas Plains, 07 - Edwards Plateau, 08 - Rolling Plains, 09 - High Plains, 10 - Trans-Pecos
Distribution refers to the ecological region in Texas that a plant has been found. You can also view a clickable map.
Book: Know Your Grasses (B-182)