Agropyron desertorum

Agropyron desertorum

Standard crested wheatgrass

Previous scientific name(s): Agropyron cristatum ssp. desertorum, Agropyron cristatum var. desertorum

Similar to A. cristatum but is slightly more cold, shade and moisture tolerant. Also, plants are later maturing and slightly more productive.

Varieties: 
Nordan

Selected for seedling vigor and forage producing abilities. Seed heads narrow with short awns. (Released 1953, source of ecotype: Dickerson, ND)

Hycrest

Hybrid cross between A. cristatum and A. desertorum. Taller, more robust than parental species. High forage yield, quick to develop. (Released 1974)

CD II

Derived from Hycrest for greater leafiness, higher production under cold temperatures, and greater seedling vigor. Produces abundant forage during spring and early summer. (Released 1996, source of ecotype: Central Asia, former USSR)

Species Attributes

Height: 
13 
- 25 
in. or taller
Season: 
Cool
Life Form: 
Bunchgrass
Native or Introduced: 
Introduced
Precipitation: 
in.
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Part Sun
Elevation: 
ft.

Soil Texture

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

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Not Adapted
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Average
Seeding Rate: 
- 10 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
25.30 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
175,000
Planting Season: 
Spring
Fall
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes