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Pseudoroegneria spicata

Pseudoroegneria spicata (Pursh) Á. Löve

Bluebunch Wheatgrass

Poaceae (Grass Family)


USDA Symbol: PSSP6

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

Grows in large bunches, with stiff, straight flowering stalks; often blue-green.

A former dominant of the intermountain grasslands, this species is now much diminished in distribution due to competition from Downy Brome and Sagebrush.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Inflorescence: Spike
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Flowers inconspicuous. Bloom color refers to spikelets. Bloom time refers to fruiting period.


USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , MI , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OR , SD , TX , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC , SK , YT
Native Habitat: Dry slopes, plains, open woods.

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Web Reference

Webref 62 - Burke Herbarium Image Collection (2020) University of Washington
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-06-07
Research By: TWC Staff

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