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Common Name: Sandberg Bluegrass

Scientific Name: Poa sandbergii

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Erosion Control
~Range Improvmenet

Height: 8-14 inches

Root Type: Bunchgrass

Growing Season: Cool

Soil Types: All Textures & Rocky, Shallow, Dry soils

Tolerances: Fair acid, alkaline, and saline

Sun or Shade: Full Sunlight

Minimum Precipitation: 7 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 3 lbs/ac

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 925,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall/Spring

Planting Depth: 1/4 inch



Sandberg Bluegrass is a short-lived, drought-tolerant, cool-season bunchgrass that typically grows 8-14 inches tall. It is the most common bluegrass found in the Intermountain Region and is adapted to all soil textures, as well as rocky, shallow, dry soils. The plant has fair tolerance to acid, alkaline, and saline soils, and can be found growing in a range of environments from cold desert valleys to alpine regions.

Sandberg Bluegrass provides very palatable and nutritious forage while green, but yields are generally low. The grass greens up very early but dries quickly with a lack of moisture. It has good grazing tolerance and is an important species for revegetation, erosion control, or range improvement on very dry, harsh sites. Sandberg Bluegrass requires a minimum of 7 inches of precipitation and can be planted in the fall or spring.

When planting Sandberg Bluegrass, it is important to consider the environmental factors and soil conditions of the site. Adequate moisture for establishment should be ensured through proper site preparation, including soil testing and amendment. Planting should be done at the appropriate time of year for optimal germination and growth. With its drought tolerance, ability to grow in various soils, and adaptability to harsh environments, Sandberg Bluegrass is a valuable grass species for range improvement and erosion control in arid regions.



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Photo Credit: Matt Lavin and Jim Morefield

Sandberg Bluegrass


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