Needle and Thread Grass is easily recognized with very long (10-15 cm) awns that are curly and spiked. These seeds are easily caught in clothes or in animal fur leading to wide distribution. This grass is also sometimes referred to as speargrass (not to be confused with the invasive Cheatgrass, also sometimes called speargrass.)
|Height and Spread
||30 – 60 cm tall.
||Up to 30 cm spread.
||Does not have visible flowering.
||Greyish-green to bright green.
|Light and Water
||Grows in open grasslands and open forests that are well lit. Often on south facing slopes.
||Grows in dry conditions.
||Needle and Thread Grass seeds were commonly used among Indigenous children to play games by throwing them like darts.
||Needle and Thread Grass is an important forage food for wildlife in the spring and fall, both before the sharp points on the seeds are formed and after they fall off.
||Needle and Thread Grass is very distinct looking and the seeds can be collected and used for decoration. One should be careful where to plant this species of grass though as the seeds are very sharp and become easily imbedded in socks and shoes.
||Needle and Thread Grass is also called Speargrass and Coyote’s Needle.
||Needle and Thread Grass can be readily propagated from seed.