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Thickspike wheatgrass

Gramineae, Poaceae Agropyron dasystachym (Hook.) Scribn

Source: Magness et al. 1971

This is a sod forming wheatgrass native from the Hudson Bay and Alaska south to Nevada and Colorado. Stems reach to 3 feet. The creeping rhizomes result in formation of fairly dense sod. It does well on light textured soils and is very hardy. Growth starts early and provides good pasturage while succulent, but becomes tough and wiry late in the season. It is rarely seeded but is an important native grass over a wide area.

Last update September 22, 1997