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How To Order: This species is sold in quantities of 3 lbs. If you order Qty: 1, you are ordering 3 lbs. Examples: 1 = 3 lbs, 25 = 75 bs.


Common Name: Smooth Brome

Scientific Name: Bromus inermis

Native / Introduced: Introduced

Main Uses:

~Rangeland and pasture

~Wildlife habitat improvement

Height: 2-4 feet

Root Type: Sod

Growing Season: Cool

Soil Types: Adapted to most soils

Tolerances: Salinity, alkali and acidic

Sun or Shade: Partial shade to full sun

Minimum Precipitation: 11-14 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 8-15 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 145,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall or spring

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

Category: Grass



Smooth Brome is a cool-season grass with a strong tendency to form sod due to its extensive rhizomatous growth. There are two distinct strains of Smooth Brome: the southern and northern varieties. This grass is highly versatile and can thrive in various soil textures, although it exhibits reduced vigor when planted in sandy or dense clay soils. Smooth Brome exhibits a fair tolerance to salinity, alkali, and acidic soils, making it adaptable to a wide range of environmental conditions.


One of its notable attributes is its ability to withstand cold temperatures and partial shade, making it a reliable choice for areas with less sunlight. Furthermore, Smooth Brome is an excellent forage producer, with the highest palatability when it's in its green, actively growing state. As a result, it is a valuable species for enhancing range, pasture, and wildlife habitat.


However, it's worth noting that Smooth Brome can become invasive and aggressive under certain circumstances, so it requires careful management. Despite this potential for invasiveness, it is highly prized for its capacity to revegetate disturbed sites and contribute to watershed improvement projects.


NRCS Profile:

NRCS Plant Guide:

Smooth Brome Seeds


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