Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

Take care of our Navajo Rangelands

Tufted horse grass
Tł’oh Deits’óózí
(a.k.a. tufted hairgrass)

Grassland habitat with a number of tufts of horsegrass

Tufted horse grass, often called tufted hairgrass, is native to much of the United States. It is an important livestock forage species, sometimes used for hay. It grows in a wide variety of habitats and elevations. Stalks may grow from 2 to 6 feet in height, forming a feathery seedhead. Basal leaves grow in a dense tuft.

Feathery light panicle with tiny seeds
Spikelets with several dark purple flowers
Flowers in bloom with feathery, light yellow stigmas (floral parts) peeking out of purple-red protective paleas

Copyright 2018 New Mexico State University. Individual photographers retain all rights to their images. Partially funded by the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (; 435.797.2257), project EW15-023. Programs and projects supported by Western SARE are equally open to all people. NMSU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action educator and employer..

NMSU does not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, retaliation, serious medical condition, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, spousal affiliation or protected veteran status in its programs and activities as required by equal opportunity/affirmative action regulations and laws and university policy and rules. For more information please read the NMSU Notice of Non-discrimination (opens in new window).