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Agropyron smithii

Western Wheatgrass

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Agropyron smithii (Western Wheatgrass)

Perennial grass with bluish colored stems and leaves. Leaf blades flat but rolled when dry, 1/8 to ΒΌ inch wide, 4 to 10 inches long, rather stiff, pointed at the tips, ridged and rough on upper surface; leaves rolled in the bud; ligules very short.

Additional Information:
Regrows quickly after fire.


Height
12-30 Inches

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Spread
9-21 Inches

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
Blue Green


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
Grows best in low areas of fine-textured alkaline soils where runoff water accumulates. Western wheatgrass is sod-forming, reproducing from rhizomes and seeds. Produces seed in the spring and goes dormant in mid-summer. It can grow again in the fall if there is adequate soil moisture.

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FACU

Root

Fibrous

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)
Mid (May-June)

Soil Moisture

Average

Special Uses

Ground Cover

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

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