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Forage Identification: Pubescent wheatgrasss

Department of Plant Sciences

Pubescent wheatgrass  (Agropyron trichophorum L.)

Cool season perennial grass adapted to semiarid and subhumid areas of the northern Great Plains. It is very winter hardy and tolerates drought, salinity, flooding, and alkalinity.


Pubescent wheatgrass

Growth Habitat:
Grows 3 to 4 feet tall in predominantly bunch with some spreading by rhizomes and deep feeding taproot system.

Plant Characteristics:
Leaf blades are flat to rolled slightly inward and have prominent veins and rough to hairy surfaces. Stems are erect and covered with wax.  root system is fibrous and deep.

Seed Characteristics:

Important Identifying Characteristics: 
Similar to intermediate wheatgrass, except spikelets are hairy.

Primary Uses:
Hay, pasture and grazing.

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