Needlegrass florets are wispy and forked liked a treetop. A sharp barb, shaped like an arrowhead, ends the thin stalk of the floret. The barbs are notorious for getting caught in car grills, window screens, trampoline netting, and even pets! A few years ago, the needlegrass florets, buffeted by the wind, drifted into enormous piles next to houses around town. Some of the drifts reached over the tops of window frames and doorways!
As we watch the needlegrass florets swirl and dance in the ever reliable New Mexico wind, we remember the year of the legendary drifts.