Pseudoroegneria spicata ssp. spicata

Pseudoroegneria spicata ssp. spicata

Bluebunch wheatgrass

Previous scientific name(s): Agropyron spicatum, Agropyron spicatum var. pubescens, Agropyron vaseyi, Elymus spicatus, Elytrigia spicata, Roegne

Formerly known as Agropyron inerme. Cool season, drought tolerant, long-lived, perennial bunchgrass widely distributed and adapted to most sites including thin nonproductive soils. Starts growth in early spring and has a relatively short cycle to maturity, then renews growth in fall. Generally good palatability to livestock and wildlife.

Varieties: 
Secar
Variety Release Notes: 
Goldar

Densely tufted grass with large basal area. More cold tolerant than Whitmar. Superior yield with strong vigor. (Released 1988, source of ecotype: Umatilla National forest, WA)

Variety Release Notes: 
Boardman
Anatone

Characterized by rapid establishment, high forage production and the plants' ability to survive and thrive under dry conditions. (Released 2002, source of ecotype: Anatone, WA)

Variety Release Notes: 
Columbia

Species Attributes

Height: 
13 
- 25 
in. or taller
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: 
Best
Fine: 
Marginal

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Not Adapted
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Marginal
Seeding Rate: 
10 
- 14 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
22.70 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
140,000
Planting Season: 
Spring
Fall
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes