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 Native Plant Database

Bromus kalmii

Arctic brome, Prairie brome, Wild chess

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Bromus kalmii (Arctic brome)
Bowen, Rob
A slender-stemmed grass, 2-3 ft. tall, with a drooping, few-flowered seedhead. Each branch of the seedhead bears 1-3 flattened, wheat-like spikelets.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Leaf: Green
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: CT , IL , IN , IA , ME , MD , MA , MI , MN , NH , NJ , NY , ND , OH , PA , SD , VT , VA , WV , WI , DC
Canada: MB , ON , QC
Native Distribution: ME to MN & SD, s. to w. MD & IA, QC to MB
Native Habitat: Dry, sandy, open woods; rocky banks

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Dry, sandy soils
Conditions Comments: Not Available

Last Update: 2007-01-01