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Pseudoroegneria spicata ssp. spicata (Bluebunch wheatgrass)
Anderson, Wynn

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

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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Leaf: Gray-Green
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul


USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , MI , MT , ND , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , 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 Conditions

Water 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.


Description: Grows well from seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No pretreatment necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed 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

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2021-02-25
Research By: TWC Staff

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