Slender Wheatgrass

Slender Wheatgrass

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Slender Wheatgrass is a cool-season, short-lived perennial bunchgrass. It is Native to much of North America.

It is, in fact, a species of wild rye and quite variable in appearance but is generally coarse, with long and narrow leaves and a line of very narrow seed heads against the stem. The plant is 1 to 1 ½ feet high with a dense root system consisting of coarse and deep fibrous roots, making it moderately drought-tolerant. Slender Wheatgrass needs at least 14 inches of annual precipitation but does not tolerate excessive soil moisture.

It is often used in conjunction with native grass seedings to provide erosion protection while warm-season grasses are established. It is among the preferred foods of elk and bighorn sheep and provides cover for upland game birds, waterfowl, and small mammals. It is widely used for re-vegetating disturbed lands, livestock ranges, wildlife habitats, watershed areas, ski slopes, and transmission and pipeline corridors. It is also used for rehabilitating mine spoils and oil-drilling sites because of its high tolerance to heavy metals and hydrocarbon residues.

Growing Height: 12 to 24" Min Yearly Rainfall: 16" Seeds Per Pound: 159000 Acre Rate: 15 lbs Lbs per 1000sq feet: 2 lbs

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