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Northern Wheatgrass

Elymus lanceolatus ssp. lanceolatus, native


  • Long-lived, cool season perennial
  • Light green to blue-green leaf blade
  • Adapted to a wide range of soil types
  • Good protein content for forage grass
  • Moderately palatable to livestock and wildlife
  • Used as an early successional species as it establishes quickly and spreads readily by rhizomes
  • Drought and alkaline-tolerant grass
  • Starts growing early in spring
  • Widely used for reclamation projects on well sites, pipeline construction, roadsides and mining spoils
  • Provides excellent erosion control

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Characteristics Table
Growth HabitRhizomatous
Flood ToleranceGood
Drought ToleranceExcellent
Salt ToleranceGood
Soil PHNeutral to Basic
Soil TypeCoarse to Moderately Fine
Approx. Seeds/lb154,000
Canopy Mature Height40-70 cm



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