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Common Name: Prairie Junegrass

Scientific Name: Koeleria macrantha

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:


~Ornamental landscaping

~Wildlife habitat restoration

Height: ½ – 2 ft. tall

Root Type: Bunchgrass

Growing Season: Cool

Soil Types: Deep, medium to moderately fine soil textures

Tolerances: Drought

Elevation: 4,000 – 11,500 feet

Minimum Precipitation: 12 – 14 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 1 - 2 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 2,300,000 seeds

Optimal Planting Season: Spring

Planting Depth: 1/8 inch

Stratification Requirements: None

Category: Grass



Prairie Junegrass is a variable cool-season bunchgrass that grows as a perennial, ranging from ½ to 2 feet tall. It is best adapted to deep soils with medium to moderately fine textures. This grass is widely distributed across the western American continent, thriving on rolling hills, foot slopes, and mountain valleys, particularly at elevations ranging from 4,000 to 11,500 feet.


Prairie Junegrass holds significant value in seed mixes for restoration purposes. It is utilized for reclamation, range improvement, and as an ornamental plant. This grass is particularly useful for revegetation and erosion control in areas such as mined lands, septic systems, construction sites, burns, and other disturbed areas. It serves as good forage or fodder for wildlife and exhibits moderate tolerance to grazing. Prairie Junegrass provides ample early spring forage and fair late spring forage for livestock. It is advised to delay grazing until the plants are well established, which may take up to 2-3 growing seasons. Additionally, this grass demonstrates good drought tolerance.



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Photo Credit: Matt Lavin

Prairie Junegrass


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