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Pseudoroegneria spicata ssp. spicata
Pseudoroegneria spicata (Pursh) Á. Löve ssp. spicata
Bluebunch wheatgrass, Bluebunch-wheat grass
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Synonym(s): Agropyron spicatum, Agropyron spicatum var. pubescens, Agropyron vaseyi, Elymus spicatus, Elytrigia spicata, Roegneria spicata
USDA Symbol: PSSPS
Bluebunch-wheat grass is a 1-3 ft., cool-season bunchgrass which cures well to remain effective in the winter landscape. The slender culms bear 2-4 in., terminal, spike-like seedheads. Spikelets are arranged loosely; each extending barely beyond the base of the next on the other side. Each spikelet is tipped with a curved, extending awn. Bluebunch-wheat grass is a perennial grass.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul
, WY Canada: AB
, BC Native Distribution:
E. of the Cascades & coastal mts. from B.C. to n. CA,
e. to Alt. the Dakotas & NM Native Habitat:
Plains; dry slopes; canyons; open woods
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Dry, rocky or thin soils.
Conditions Comments: This is a good species to stabilize critical areas. It is drought tolerant.
PropagationDescription: Grows well from seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No pretreatment necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff