Elymus trachycaulus ssp. trachycaulus

Elymus trachycaulus ssp. trachycaulus

Slender wheatgrass

Previous scientific name(s): Agropyron brevifolium, Agropyron caninum ssp. majus, Agropyron caninum var. andinum, Agropyron caninum var. hornemann

Formerly known as Agropyron trachycaulum. Cool season, saline tolerant, short-lived, perennial bunchgrass with very short rhizomes. Adapted to a wide range of sites and is moderately drought tolerant. Establishes easily and quickly. Good palatability to both livestock and wildlife. Useful where quick, native, non-aggressive perennial cover is desired.

Varieties: 
Pryor

Superior to other varieties in salt and drought tolerance. A cold hardy variety which persists 3 to 5 years. (Released 1988, source of ecotype: Pryor Mtns., MT)

Variety Release Notes: 
Revenue

Superior to Primar in establishment, salinity tolerance, forage and seed yield. Normally persists 3 to 5 years. (Released 1970, source of ecotype: Saskatchewan, Canada)

San Luis

Longer seed heads, taller growth than most strains. Moderately tolerant of alkaline soils. A longer-lived variety which persists 5 to 10 years. (Released 1984, source of ecotype: Rio Grand County, CO)

Variety Release Notes: 
Primar

A vigorous, early growing variety with excellent disease resistance. Alkali tolerant. Normally persists 3 to 5 years. (Released 1946, source of ecotype: Beebe, MT)

Variety Release Notes: 
Copperhead
First Strike

Species Attributes

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

Soil Texture

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

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Average
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Average
Seeding Rate: 
- 10 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
17.90 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
159,000
Planting Season: 
Fall
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes