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Nassella (Stipa) tenuissima is variously known as Mexican feather grass, fine stem tussock grass, Texas needle grass, pony tails, and angel's hair.
Furthermore, some imported perennials, such as paspalum, prairie grass and Texas needle grass, have become invasive weeds, along with chance invaders like serrated tussock and feathergrass that have flourished in the absence of the herbivores, pests and pathogens with which they evolved.
During the spring, wildflowers used to bloom in fields of needle grass, blue wild rye, mountain broom, meadow barley, creeping or beardless wild rye, and creeping fescue.