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Common Name: Siberian Wheatgrass

Scientific Name: Agropyron fragile ssp. Sibericum

Native / Introduced: Introduced

Main Uses:

~Pasture and rangeland planting

~In areas prone to drought

~Wildlife habitat improvement

Height: 1 - 3 feet

Root Type: Bunchgrass

Growing Season: Cool

Soil Types: Most soil types

Tolerances: Drought

Sun or Shade: Full sun

Minimum Precipitation: 5-14 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 5-8 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 206,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall or spring

Planting Depth: 1/4-1/2 inches deep

Category: Grass



Siberian Wheatgrass (Agropyron fragile ssp. Sibericum) is a cold-season bunchgrass native to central Eurasia. Growing 1-3 feet tall, it's a popular choice for arid regions in the Western United States. It is similar to standard crested wheatgrass, but more drought-tolerant, later maturing and more palatable. Siberian wheatgrass does well on shallow to deep, moderately coarse to fine textured, moderately well to well drained soils. It is not as aggressive as similar subspecies.


Siberian Wheatgrass, known for its winter hardiness, is frequently employed in reclamation endeavors, particularly for soil stabilization. It serves as a valuable resource for grazing and hay production, offering high nutritional value, particularly for cattle, sheep, horses, and elk during the spring season. With its resilience to drought, fibrous roots, and strong seedling growth, it's an excellent choice for reclamation in regions with 8 to 16 inches of annual precipitation.


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