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Bromus vulgaris

Bromus vulgaris (Hook.) Shear

Columbia Brome, Common Brome

Poaceae (Grass family)

Synonym(s): Bromopsis vulgaris, Bromus vulgaris var. eximius, Bromus vulgaris var. robustus


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun


USA: CA , ID , MT , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC
Native Habitat: Shaded, often damp, coniferous forests along the coast, and inland in montane pine, spruce, fir and aspen forests.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 32 - Grasses of Canada, the U.S., and Mexico - North America north of Mexico (all countries, provinces, states, territories) (2019) Open Herbarium (

Additional resources

USDA: Find Bromus vulgaris in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Bromus vulgaris in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Bromus vulgaris


Record Modified: 0000-00-00
Research By: CBR

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