Wild Sleepy Grass, Stipa Robusta

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Sleepy Grass, so named because of early 20th century documentation out of Lincoln County, New Mexico (see A Flora of New Mexico, now out of print) saying livestock that grazed on it were overcome with sedation, especially horses. The report reads that livestock familiar with the area rarely ever graze it but horses and such brought in from other areas would, on rare occasions, and then become affected.  The story goes onto say that only sleepy grass found in Lincoln county seems to have the narcotic effect, the plant is abundant through out New Mexico and Colorado but only in Lincoln county does it have the strange effect on livestock.

It’s a very attractive clump grass often used in landscaping through out the SW, US. When mature it’s blades are very thick/sharp course with fiber, something that most livestock wouldn’t select except under conditions of starvation in the 2 week annual season it could be eaten.

We offer stock grown from seeds collected in Lincoln County, NM for any curious about this strange plant. It’s doubtful any will ever have livestock come graze on it due to the short annual season it might be choice, and the fact that most people don’t have livestock roaming their landscaped property.

At this time, no reports of livestock consuming the grass have been made, in Lincoln county, NM, or anywhere else, for upwards of 100 years, a matter that sheds another light on the strange plant. So some have speculated the report of the grass having sedating effects could have been myth.

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Sleepy Grass, so named because of early 20th century documentation out of Lincoln County, New Mexico (see A Flora of New Mexico, now out of print) saying livestock that grazed on it were overcome with sedation, especially horses. The report reads that livestock familiar with the area rarely ever graze it but horses and such brought in from other areas would, on rare occasions, and then become affected.  The story goes onto say that only sleepy grass found in Lincoln county seems to have the narcotic effect, the plant is abundant through out New Mexico and Colorado but only in Lincoln county does it have the strange effect on livestock.

It’s a very attractive clump grass often used in landscaping through out the SW, US. When mature it’s blades are very thick/sharp course with fiber, something that most livestock wouldn’t select except under conditions of starvation in the 2 week annual season it could be eaten.

We offer stock grown from seeds collected in Lincoln County, NM for any curious about this strange plant. It’s doubtful any will ever have livestock come graze on it due to the short annual season it might be choice, and the fact that most people don’t have livestock roaming their landscaped property.

At this time, no reports of livestock consuming the grass have been made, in Lincoln county, NM, or anywhere else, for upwards of 100 years, a matter that sheds another light on the strange plant. So some have speculated the report of the grass having sedating effects could have been myth.

Seed Packet 100 count/$4.99, About 100 seeds per gram 10 grams/$19.99

 

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100 count/$4.99, 10 grams (About 100 seeds per gram) /$19.99

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