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Awned Wheatgrass

Elymus trachycaulus ssp. subsecundus, native

  • Short-lived, cool season perennial
  • Similar to slender wheatgrass but with longer awns and shorter plant
  • Pale green to blue-green leaves
  • Good forage value, with high protein content in spring
  • Makes poor quality hay due to coarseness of stems
  • Provides cover for nesting birds and other wildlife
  • Heavily grazed by elk in the fall
  • Will grow in woodland openings up to the tree line in the boreal forest region

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Characteristics Table
Growth HabitBunchgrass
Flood ToleranceGood
Drought ToleranceGood
Salt ToleranceGood
Soil PHSaline to Alkaline
Soil TypeMedium
Approx. Seeds/lb112,000
Canopy Mature Height 50-100 cm

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