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

Characteristics Table
Growth Habit Rhizomatous
Flood Tolerance Good
Drought Tolerance Excellent
Salt Tolerance Good
Soil PH Neutral to Basic
Soil Type Coarse to Moderately Fine
Approx. Seeds/lb 154,000
Canopy Mature Height 40-70 cm



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