Gunnison County Forage Plants: Cultivated Grasses


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crested wheatgrass (Agropyron cristatum)

Protien levels in crested wheatgrass can reach 23% protien in spring, but decline to as little as 4% as the plant matures. This, combined with its drought-tolerance, makes it a good early season forage plant in dryland situations.


Agropyron cristatum

Growth Habit: Bunch grass/ Sod
Season of Use: Spring & Fall
Salt Tolerance: Good
Seeding Vigor: Good
Longevity: Long
Recovery Rate: Slow
Wet Tolerance: Poor
Drought Tolerance: Excellent
Yield Potential: Medium
Winter Hardiness: Excellent
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