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Western Wheatgrass

Page history last edited by Musher 6 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                       WESTERN WHEATGRASS                                                       





Common Name: Western Wheatgrass

Other Names: Blue stem, Blue Goint Wheatgrass

Scientific (Latin) Name: Pascopyrum smithii

Plant Family: Poacea  (grass family)

Characteristics: It grows to about 1-3 ft. tall. Strong root system. Leafs are hairy. Purplish auricles are claw-like and clasp the stem. The leaves are flat and have a blue-green color.


Bloom Period:  Mid summer


Threats: If moisture is not medium, it won't survive. If it does not have about 8 inches of rain a year, it also won't survive. It's p.h. range should be at 4.5-9. Grasshoppers are Western Wheatgrass's biggest pest.


Habitat: In dry areas


Interesting Facts: Western Wheatgrass is green during the summer and brown in the winter. Western Wheatgrass is available to elk and cattle all year, but this quality decreases in late summer. Weed control and fertilization will improve Western Wheatgrass stands and establishment. Western Wheatgrass commonly by Blue Gramma, Buffalograss, Blue Bunch Wheatgrass, Rough Fescue, Needlegrass, Idaho Fescue, and Prairie Junegrass. Lots of seed mixtures for range seeding use Western Wheatgrass. 


                        SEED                                                                              SEEDLING                                                                        LEAF



http://www.wbseedco.com/westernwheatgrass.htm            http://www.jeinc.com/western-wheatgrass     http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/range/RangeID/Plants/PascSmit.html


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Comments (18)

tkriener said

at 9:11 am on Jan 16, 2014

who is all doing western wheatgrass i am

Tspeicher said

at 9:54 am on Jan 16, 2014

Should we add a picture under the word "western wheatgrass"?

Tspeicher said

at 10:10 am on Jan 16, 2014

Can we start working on the growth images and description?

rhoffman said

at 7:49 am on Jan 17, 2014

We changed "western wheatgrass" to "western wheat grass".

tkriener said

at 8:53 am on Jan 22, 2014

changed back

rhoffman said

at 7:50 am on Jan 17, 2014

Needed to add "in" after "is".

tkriener said

at 8:57 am on Jan 17, 2014

the scientific name should be pascopyrum smithii

tkriener said

at 8:59 am on Jan 17, 2014

and the height is so posed to be 1-3 feet tall

Tspeicher said

at 9:50 am on Jan 17, 2014

the last sentence don't make sence

tkriener said

at 8:42 am on Jan 22, 2014

No kidding

tkriener said

at 8:46 am on Jan 22, 2014

should we put a picture of the seedling too?

tkriener said

at 8:50 am on Jan 22, 2014

I am going to delete the last part of the last sentence. @stholschlag

rhoffman said

at 7:46 am on Jan 30, 2014

Aren't all prairie plants not affected by fire?

tkriener said

at 8:58 am on Jan 30, 2014


tkriener said

at 9:04 am on Jan 30, 2014

we have edited the image and put it under the leaf sec.

tkriener said

at 9:04 am on Jan 30, 2014

i mean section

Musher said

at 8:22 pm on Feb 6, 2014

I think that we should organize the first paragraph in to sections.

tkriener said

at 9:11 am on Feb 11, 2014

thx for doing that

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