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Crested Wheatgrass

Agropyron cristatum, introduced

  • Long-lived, cool season perennial
  • Commonly recommended for forage production
  • Palatable to all livestock and wildlife
  • Good protein content, especially in early spring
  • Has been used in reclamation in the past due to its extreme drought and cold tolerance, but it can be too persistent and invasive
  • Can withstand very heavy grazing
  • Well adapted to stabilize disturbed soils
  • Fairway type is finer-stemmed for turf and reclamation application
  • Very fire tolerant
  • Very low maintenance plant
  • Easy to establish with high seedling vigour
  • Diploid species fairway type
  • Widespread adaptation to the Prairies in Canada and the United States

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Characteristics Table
Growth Habit Bunchgrass
Flood Tolerance Fair
Drought Tolerance Excellent
Salt Tolerance Good
Soil PH Neutral to Basic
Soil Type Moderately Coarse to Moderately Fine
Approx. Seeds/lb 218,000
Canopy Mature Height 30-50 cm

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