Leymus angustus

Leymus angustus

Altai wildrye

Previous scientific name(s): Elymus angustus

Formerly known as Elymus angustus. Robust, cool season, long-lived bunchgrass adapted to well-drained soils. Drought tolerant and extremely salt and alkaline resistant. Excellent forage, especially in winter when plants stand above the snowsurface available for grazing. Its root system may extend to 14 feet, making it useful for soil stabilization.

Varieties: 
Prairieland

A cold tolerant variety selected for its high forage yield, salt tolerance, and resistance to leaf spot diseases. This variety produces much higher seed yields than native populations. Best adapted to clay loam and clay soils. (Released 1976, source of ecotype: former USSR)

Species Attributes

Height: 
25 
in. or taller
Season: 
Cool
Life Form: 
Bunchgrass
Native or Introduced: 
Introduced
Precipitation: 
14 
in.
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Part Sun
Elevation: 
ft.

Soil Texture

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

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Not Adapted
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Average
Seeding Rate: 
15 
- 20 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
19.30 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
58,300
Planting Season: 
Fall
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes