Dactylis glomerata

Dactylis glomerata

Orchardgrass

Cool season, long-lived perennial sod-former found on a wide variety of sites but not adapted to saline soils. Highly productive and palatable to livestock and wildlife; tolerant of grazing. Useful for rangeland and pasture improvement.

Varieties: 
Potomac

Potomac was selected for vigorous growth, rust resistance, leafiness and persistence. It is commonly seeded into irrigated pastures throughout the United States and abroad. (Released 1954, source of ecotype: Europe)

Latar

A leafy, late-maturing variety which produces high quality forage, very high in digestibility due to its low fiber content. Grows best on well drained, medium textured soils. (Released 1957, source of ecotype: former USSR)

Variety Release Notes: 
Paiute

Developed as a forage cropfor arid rangelands in the west. It persists on sites with only 12 inches of annual precipitation and it produces an abundance of highly palatable feed. Paiute is known to green up early and remain green longer than other commonly used strains. (Released 1983, source of ecotype: Ankara, Turkey)

Variety Release Notes: 
Crown Royale
Pennlate
Profile

Species Attributes

Height: 
13 
- 25 
in. or taller
Season: 
Cool
Life Form: 
Sodformer
Native or Introduced: 
Introduced
Precipitation: 
12 
- 18 
in.
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Full Shade
Elevation: 
ft.

Soil Texture

Coarse: 
Not Adapted
Moderately Coarse: 
Marginal
Medium: 
Best
Moderately Fine: 
Average
Fine: 
Marginal

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Average
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Not Adapted
Seeding Rate: 
- 4 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
17.00 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
427,200
Planting Season: 
Spring
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes