Western wheatgrass

Agropyron smithii

Poaceae


Description

Stems grow from gray, slender, creeping rhizomes. Stems and leaves are blue-green. Leaves are straight, broad, rough, and roll inward at maturity. The flat seed head is usually awnless. Glumes are asymmetrical.

Western wheatgrass is a perennial, cool-season, native -12 to 24 inches tall.

Good grazing for livestock. Fair grazing for wildlife.


Habitat

Most abundant in bottomland.


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