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Prairie Wildflowers and Grasses of North Dakota

Grass (Native Species)

Chris Grondahl photo: Western wheatgrass
Chris Grondahl
  Western wheatgrass
(Agropyron smithii)

Distribution: statewide
Habitat: moist, mixed grass prairie, clay to sandy soils, has a high tolerance for salty soil
Description: Cool-season, perennial sod-forming grass. Seeds arranged in fairly tight spikes 1-6 inches long.
Height: 12-30 inches
Plant uses and other interesting facts: Western wheatgrass is often associated with grama and needlegrass. It can be used by livestock and wildlife. Grouse, pheasant, rabbits and songbirds feed on it's seeds.

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