Common names: Harding Grass
Description: Erect, perennial grass, 3 to 4 feet tall and deep rooted.
Flowers: Flowering heads are dense, spike-like and usually 2 to 5 inches long. Three florets per spikelet, only the uppermost fertile, lower two are sterile.
Leaves: Grayish to bluish green leaves, 4 to 15 inches long and hairless.
Reproduction: By seed. Slow to develop from seed, but can form large bunches after several years.
Flowering: May to June.
Habitat and Ecology: Native to the Mediterranean.
Similar to a few other species of grass, the base of the Harding Grass stem often produces a reddish sap when cut.