Western Wheatgrass

Western Wheatgrass is a long-lived, cool-season sod former that has dense, narrow spikes.  It is good for erosion control in central and Northern Great Plains region.  It is widely used for range seeding because it is good forage for cattle, horses, sheep, and elk.


  • Seeds Per Lbs: 110,000
  • Lbs./Acre Alone: 15-18
  • Planting rate with flowers/lb./acre: 2
  • Height Inches: 36
  • Cultural Requirements: dry-moderate full sun
  • Warn or Cool Season: Cool
Payscopyrum smithiiBluebunch wheatgrassperennial


*P = Perennial A = Annual B= Biennial TP= Tender perennial, grown as an annual in colder climates
** These rates are calculated for 120 seeds per square foot, and soil preparation and weed control are possible.

(A) annuals, bloom the first year, and reproduce by seed, individual plants die each year.
(P) perennials bloom the second year, individual plants live for years, and reproduce by seeds.