GRASSES GUIDE

Species Common Name Seeds/lb Height(in) Growth Form Growing Season Planting Season Habitat
Agrostis scabra Ticklegrass 5400000 8-24 Bunchgrass cool season spring Plains-subalpine moist to wet meadows
Andropogon gerardii Big Bluestem 180000 32-80 Bunchgrass warm season spring Tallgrass prairie, coarse soils , foothills.
Andropogon hallii Sand Bluestem 113000 32-80 Sod forming warm season spring Sand Prairie, sand dunes, blow outs.
Beckmannia syzigachne American Sloughgrass 900000 8-24 Bunchgrass cool season spring Moist to wet soils higher elevation
Blepharoneuron tricholepis Hairy Dropseed 1600000 10-18 Bunchgrass warm season spring Montane open slopes and meadows
Bouteloua curtipendula Side-oats Grama 190000 10-30 Bunchgrass warm season spring Dry mid-grass prairie to pinyon-juniper
Bouteloua gracilis Blue Grama 711000 4-16 Bunchgrass warm season spring Plains - Montane meadows
Bromus carniatus Mountain Brome 64080 12-48 Bunchgrass cool season spring Montane to subalpine woods and meadows
Bromus ciliatus Fringed Brome 236000 24-48 Bunchgrass cool season spring Montane-subalpine meadows
Buchloe dactyloides Buffalo Grass 56000 4-8 Sod forming warm season spring Short-grass prairies, clay to loam soils
Calamagrostis canadensis Blue Joint Reedgrass 4480000 20-48 Bunchgrass cool season spring Montane-subalpine wet to moist soil
Calamovilfa longifolia Prairie Sandreed 273000 20-60 Sod forming cool season spring Sandy plains dunes and blow outs
Danthonia parryi Parrys Oatgrass 100000 12-30 Bunchgrass warm season fall Montane meadows, full sun dry soil
Deschampsia cespitosa Tufted Hairgrass 2500000 10-40 Bunchgrass cool season spring Plains to Montane to alpine moist meadows
Distichlis spicata Inland Saltgrass 519000 4-16 Sod forming warm season fall G.P.-foothills alkaline wet to moist soil
Elymus albicans Griffiths Wheatgrass 150000 16-32 Sod forming cool season spring Foothills-montane coarse soils
Elymus canadensis Canada Wildrye 114000 24-48 Bunchgrass cool season spring Plains to montane moist soils
Elymus elymoides Bottlebrush Squirreltail 192000 4-20 Bunchgrass cool season spring Plains to subalpine disturbed sites
Elymus glaucus Blue Wildrye 130000 20-48 Bunchgrass cool season spring Montane-subalpine aspen groves
Elymus lanceolatus lanceolatus Thickspike Wheatgrass 153000 16-36 Sod forming cool season spring Plains-sagebrush meadows and disturbed sites
Elymus lanceolatus psammophilus Streambank Wheatgrass 153000 16-32 Sod forming cool season spring Dry to moist meadows and slopes
Elymus trachycaulus Slender Wheatgrass 135000 16-40 Bunchgrass cool season spring Plains-subalpine dry sites
Festuca arizonica Arizona Fescue 480500 10-36 Bunchgrass cool season spring P-J to Montane woodlands and meadows
Festuca idahoensis Idaho Fescue 450000 12-32 Bunchgrass cool season spring Sagebrush-subalpine dry meadows
Festuca saximontana Rocky Mountain Fescue 530000 10-24 Bunchgrass cool season spring Montane-subalpine dry meadows
Festuca thurberi Thurbers Fescue 450000 20-48 Bunchgrass cool season spring Montane aspen groves and forest openings
Glyceria grandis Giant Mannagrass 1280000 40-60 Sod forming cool season spring Montane meadows wet soils and sloughs
Glyceria striata Fowl Mannagrass 180000 8-40 Sod forming cool season spring Plains-montane wet soils
Hilaria jamesii Galleta 159000 6-24 Sod forming warm season spring Great Plains, deserts, sagebrush
Koeleria macrantha Junegrass 2315000 6-24 Bunchgrass cool season spring Plains-alpine moist to dry meadows
Leucopoa kingii Spike Fescue 600000 16-30 Bunchgrass cool season fall Foothills to montane
Leymus cinereus Basin Wildrye 135000 30-80 Bunchgrass cool season spring Alkaline soil, sagebrush and montane
Muhlenbergia asperifolia Alkali Muhly 2400000 4-24 Sod forming warm season spring Low-high elevation alkaline moist soil
Muhlenbergia montana Mountain Muhly 1600000 12-30 Bunchgrass warm season spring P-J to montane woodland meadows
Oryzopsis hymenoides Indian Ricegrass 141000 8-24 Bunchgrass cool season fall plains-montane dry slopes and loose or sandy soils
Oryzopsis micrantha Slender Ricegrass 200000 4-24 Bunchgrass cool season fall Pinyon juniper woodlands, partial shade tolerant
Panicum capillare Witchgrass 280000 10-36 Bunchgrass warm season fall Disturbed sites mid to low elevation
Panicum virgatum Switchgrass 259000 24-60 Bunchgrass warm season fall Tall-grass prairie and foothills wet to moist soils
Pascopyrum smithii Western Wheatgrass 113840 12-32 Sod forming cool season spring Plains-montane swales, dry washes
Poa alpina Alpine Bluegrass 1000000 8-12 Bunchgrass cool season spring Subalpine-alpine dry meadows
Poa fendleriana Mutton Grass 900000 8-24 Bunchgrass cool season spring Plains-lower alpine
Poa palustris Fowl Bluegrass 1000000 12-30 Sod forming cool season spring Great Plains-subalpine wet soils
Poa secunda Sandbergs Bluegrass 900000 8-24 Bunchgrass cool season spring Plains to montane slopes dry meadows
Pseudoroegneria spicata Bluebunch Wheatgrass 140000 16-28 Bunchgrass cool season spring Sagebrush-montane open woods
Pseudoroegneria spicata inerme Beardless Bluebunch Wheatgrass 130000 16-36 Bunchgrass cool season spring Sagebrush and scrub oak meadows
Schizachyrium scoparium Little Bluestem 130000 12-32 Bunchgrass warm season spring Mid-grass prairie, foothills coarse or sandy soils
Sorghastrum nutans Indian Grass 132000 16-40 Bunchgrass warm season spring Tall-grass prairie, foothills rocky or moist soils
Sporobolus airoides Alkali Sacaton 1700000 20-40 Bunchgrass warm season spring Plains-montane moist to dry alkaline soils
Sporobolus cryptandrus Sand Dropseed 5200000 8-32 Bunchgrass warm season spring Plains-montane disturbed soils
Stipa comata Needle & Thread 137000 24-40 Bunchgrass cool season fall Plains-montane sandy soils
Stipa robusta Sleepygrass 175000 24-48 Bunchgrass cool season fall Plains-montane dry meadows
Stipa viridula Green Needlegrass 181000 24-48 Bunchgrass cool season fall Plains-subalpine dry to moist soils
Trisetum spicatum Spike Trisetum 2500000 10-18 Bunchgrass cool season spring Subalpine-alpine forest openings, disturbed sites