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Herbsaceous Plants

Arabic Name

النصي

Latin Name

Stipagrostis plumosa , Poaceae

English Name

Desert Grass, nissi

Native to Saudi Arabia and known in Arabic as nissi, S. plumosa is a perennial grass widespread in the desert, where it is important as fodder and also as a stabiliser of sand dunes. Growing in dense tufts up to 60 cm high, the stem branches densely from the base. Erect culms up to 30 cm long are glabrous and have woolly internodes. The fine, silvery leaf blades are 15 cm long and curled. Silvery flowers are borne on panicles up to 15 cm long throughout much of the year. The junction of leaf and leafstalk is a dense fringe of hairs. The feathery glumes at the base of the grass spikelets remain for a long time. Most common in spring, it is often overgrazed and then disappears. S. plumosa grows on shallow stable sands and sandy silt soils, and is highly tolerant of salts. Extremely drought-tolerant, watering would be necessary only after establishment, if its greenness needs improvement. Propagation is from seed. Nissi is an important grazing grass and is recommended for land reclamation and restoration of desert forage resources. It is very useful in erosion control. Owing to the very attractive aspect of the silvery spikes waving in the wind, it is an excellent grass for extensive landscape design purposes on a grand scale. It is virtually maintenance-free.

General information

Family Name : Poaceae
Origin: Sub Tropical
Rainfall: Semi Humid , Semi Arid , Very Arid
Propagation: Direct Sowing , Sowing and Pricking Out
Maintenance: Low
Planting Phase: Perennial

Environmental conditions

Urban Climate: Resistant
Desiccation: Resistant
Drought: Vulnerable
Irrigation: Low
Salinity: Very High > 5,000 ppm
Hardiness Zones: -3°C

Plant shape

Height: From 0.3 m To 0.6 M
Expansion: From 0.4 To 0.8 M
Foliage: Evergreen

Flower

Colour: Silver
Size: 15 CM
Flowering Period: From Early March Till Late May

Fruit

Type Of Fruit: Achene

Location of Use :

Street Neighbour Planting , Open Country , Rock Garden , Massed Planting , Hillside Planting , Park Planting , Steppe Garden , Wadi Farm Garden , Urban Area , Rowda Plant

Other choices :

Attractive Foliage , Environmental Consolidation , Grouped Planting , Attractive Shape , Nativ in Riyadh , Colonisers

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