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Ehrharta calycina (purple veldtgrass)

Ehrharta calycina
Ehrharta calycina
Photo courtesy Joseph DiTomaso

Ehrharta calycina (purple veldtgrass) is a perennial grass (family Poaceae) found in disturbed grasslands, roadsides and coastal habitats in California’s south and central west regions. Purple veldtgrass is spreading very rapidly in the central coast region, where it invades dunes and shrublands. It was originally imported to California for use as a pasture grass and for erosion control. Purple veldtgrass displaces native vegetation and converts coastal scrub and chaparral communities to grasslands. It resprouts after fires and may increase fire frequency.

Cal-IPC Inventory rating: High

Cal-IPC Resources on Ehrharta calycina

Cal-IPC News Articles

  • Brey, C. (1996). What? Another Ehrharta? Oh, no! CalEPPC News. 4: 4-5.

Cal-IPC Symposium Proceedings

  • Thomsen, C. D., W. A. Williams, et al. (1996). Yellow starthistle management with grazing, mowing, and competitive plantings. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium '96. San Diego, CA.

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