Agropyron cristatum

Agropyron cristatum

Crested wheatgrass

Cool season, long-lived, drought tolerant, perennial bunch grass. May be weakly rhizomatous. Adapted to a wide range of sites but is most productive on well-drained, medium textured soils. Good palatability to livestock when green. Extensively introduced throughout the West.

Varieties: 
Roadcrest

Selected for lower growth, finer leaf texture and increased sod formation. Used for roadsides and low maintenance turf areas. (Released 1998, source of ecotype: Iran/Turkey)

Variety Release Notes: 
Ephraim

A hybrid derived from four varied accessions intentionally crossed with one exceptionally broad leaved type. Large seeded with strong seedling vigor and top quality forage. (Released 1994)

Variety Release Notes: 
Fairway

Selected for rhizomatous growth habit. Well suited for soil stabilization. (Released 1983, source of ecotype: Ankara Turkey)

Kirk

Shorter and finer-stemmed than other types; capable of forming sod in dryland areas. (Released 1927, source of ecotype: Siberia)

Tall, coarse growth habit, with regrowth better than all other varieties (except Nordan), excellent seedling vigor. Top yielding variety in the northern latitudes.

Species Attributes

Height: 
13 
- 24 
in.
Season: 
Cool
Life Form: 
Bunchgrass
Native or Introduced: 
Introduced
Precipitation: 
- 10 
in.
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Full Shade
Elevation: 
ft.

Soil Texture

Coarse: 
Marginal
Moderately Coarse: 
Best
Medium: 
Best
Moderately Fine: 
Average
Fine: 
Marginal

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Not Adapted
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Average
Seeding Rate: 
- 7 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
23.20 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
265,250
Planting Season: 
Spring
Fall
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes