Spike Trisetum

Trisetum spicatum, native
  • Long-lived, cool season perennial
  • Densely tufted
  • Spike-like seed head that turns brownish-green to purple-tinged
  • Mature plants are taller at lower elevations and shorter at higher elevations
  • Decent forage value for deer and goats but produces low volume of leaf material
  • Resistant to moderate grazing and trampling
  • Pioneer species in disturbed areas and along trails
  • Extremely cold and fire tolerant
  • Found throughout Canada and the Northern United States
  • Grows in open woods or on open rocky, often calcareous alpine slopes
  • Likes Arctic and alpine habitats and mountainous habitats in areas farther south

Characteristics Table
Growth Habit Bunchgrass
Flood Tolerance Excellent
Drought Tolerance Good
Salt Tolerance Fair
Soil PH Neutral to Acidic
Soil Type Moderately Coarse to Medium
Approx. Seeds/lb 2,500,000
Canopy Mature Height 10-50 cm

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