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Crested wheatgrass

Gramineae Agropyron desertorum (Fisch. ex Link) Schult.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

This is a hardy perennial bunch grass, originally introduced from Russian Turkestan. Leaves are abundant, both at the base and along the stems. Leaves are 6 to 10 inches long, about 1/4 inch wide, flat, and slightly hairy on the upper surface. Stems are slender, 2 to 3 feet in height, growing in dense clumps. It is deep-rooted and drought resistant, well adapted to the Northern Plains and higher elevations in the Rocky Mountains. Growth starts early in spring. If cut early, hay of excellent quality is produced. This is a highly valuable grass in its area of adaptation. Stands once established will persist for many years. Propagation is by seeding.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch