Bassia prostrata

Bassia prostrata

Forage kochia

Previous scientific name(s): Bassia prostrata, Kochia prostrata var. villosissima

Formerly known as Kochia prostrata (Prostrate Summer cypress). Small to medium polymorphic evergreen subshrub adapted to a wide range of sites and soils, including shallow soils with low fertility and highly saline or sodic soils. Behaves as a warm or cool season plant depending upon the ecotype in which it is planted. Exhibits exceptional fire resistance and is used for green stripping in cheatgrass infested ranges in the Intermountain West. Very palatable and nutritious for both livestock and wildlife as a year-round forage with proper management.  May be listed as noxious in some states.

Varieties: 
Immigrant

Immigrant was selected for release over other accessions because of its overall superiority in longevity, forage production, forage quality, palatability, and competitive habit. (Released 1984, source of ecotype: former USSR)

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Species Attributes

Height: 
- 3 
feet
Native or Introduced: 
Introduced
Precipitation: 
in.
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Elevation: 
ft.

Soil Texture

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

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Not Adapted
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Best
Seeding Rate: 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
20.50 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
407,700
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes
Bloom Color: 
Inconspicuous
Blooming Season: 
Summer
Fall