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Common Name: Thickspike Wheatgrass

Scientific Name: Elymus lanceolatus ssp. Lanceolatus

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Pasture and rangeland

~Erosion control

~Wildlife habitat improvement

Height: 2 - 4 feet

Root Type: Sod

Growing Season: Cool

Soil Types: Most soils, prefers medium textured soil

Tolerances: Saline soil and drought

Sun or Shade: Full sun

Minimum Precipitation: 5 - 8 inches

Elevation: 1,500 - 10,000 feet

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 5 - 12 inches

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 156,000 seeds

Optimal Planting Season: Fall or spring

Planting Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inch

Category: Grasses



Thickspike Wheatgrass is a tall and enduring cool-season grass that is highly tolerant to drought, cold, and fire, featuring an extensive rhizomatous system and forming dense sod. It is widely distributed across the western United States, thriving at elevations ranging from 1,500 to 10,000 feet. This grass adapts to various soil textures but performs optimally in medium-textured soils, exhibiting fair tolerance to saline conditions. During spring, it maintains good palatability and demonstrates moderate tolerance to close grazing.


Noteworthy for its versatility, Thickspike Wheatgrass is a valuable species for the reclamation of soil-disturbed areas, particularly in activities like mining. Beyond this, it proves useful in wildfire management, range improvement, wildlife habitat enhancement, and watershed restoration efforts. Its multifaceted benefits make it a key player in ecological restoration and conservation initiatives.



NRCS Profile:

Thickspike Wheatgrass


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