Elymus trachycaulus

wheatgrass slender - Elymus trachycaulus

characteristics

Loosely tufted, slender grass with erect, hollow stems. Leaves are rough, flat, mostly basal, and covered with soft hairs. Seedheads consist of overlapping awnless spikelets. A species of wild rye. Short-lived perennial.

Formerly called Agropyron trachycaulum.

135,000 seeds/pound; starts from seed, container

T SSN H W sun soil H2O fire N2 pH summer fall flower (seed)
P CW 1.0 B S F-M M ••• - 5.6-9.0 green yellow-pale yellow

This grass is similar in appearance to quackgrass, Agropyron repens now Elymus repens. Main differences are slender wheatgrass has a slight kink near the top of the seedhead and it is a bunch grass while quackgrass is sod-forming.

habitat

Grasslands, disturbed areas, riverbanks, open forests.

uses

Food source for rabbits, white-tailed deer, horses and livestock. Seeds are eaten by songbirds and sharp-tailed grouse.

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