Melica californica

Melica californica

California melic



  • 8 to 18 inches tall
  • Medium height grass found growing with other native grasses
  • Grows in a wide range of habitats and soils
  • Has silvery inflorescences even after the seeds have dropped
  • Does not respond to mowing as well as other native grasses
  • Somewhat drought tolerant and used for erosion control
  • Found in Molate, Bay hills, Diablo, Hamilton, Altamont, Antioch Dunes and Byron Hot Springs sections

Briones RP, Mt. Diablo, Mt. Diablo north, Sibley RP, Tilden RP


1 gallon, 2 gallon, Deepot

bloom season Apr
pollinators Butterflies
habitat Chaparral
growth habit Clumping
sun Full Sun
soil Good
habitat Grassland
flower color Inconspicuous
water Low
bloom season May
habitat Mixed evergreens
soil Moderate
sun Part Shade
soil Poor
water Very low
soil Well-drained

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