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Forage Identification: Intermediate wheatgrass

Department of Plant Sciences

Intermediate wheatgrass  
(Thinopyrum intermedium (Host) Barkworth & D.R. Dewey)

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.


Intermediate wheatgrass

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

Intermediate wheatgrass

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.

Intermediate wheatgrass

Seed Characteristics:

Important Identifying Characteristics: 
Grows 3 to 4 feet tall. The seed spikes may be up to 4 to 8 inches. Leaves are 4-8 mm wide and green to blue-green in color.


Intermedia wheatgrass seeds

Primary Uses:
Hay, pasture and grazing.

Intermediate wheatgrass

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