Agropyron fragile* (Siberian wheatgrass)

Formerly A. sibericum. Similar to A. desertorum but is more drought tolerant, better adapted to saline soils, later maturing, more palatable and performs better on lighter textured soils. An extremely cold tolerant species. Seedling vigor may be lower than other crested cultivars.

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Family: Poaceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Graminoid

Native Status: Introduced

Season: Cool

Growth Form: Bunchgrass

Mature Height:  36 in.

Annual Precipitation: 6-25 in.

Drought Tolerance: High

Shade Tolerance: Intolerant


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Fire Resistance:

Fire Tolerance:


Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: No

Salinity Tolerance: High

CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium

pH Range: 5.6-9.0


Seeds per Pound: 206,000

Seeding Rate: 6-11 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Fall

Days to Germination:


Vavilov & Vavilov II - Selected for seedling vigor and seed yield. Once established it tolerates longer drought periods than other crested types. Vavilov II selected for even greater seedling establishment and stand persistence during drought, especially on sandy soils. (Released 1994 & 2008, source of ecotype: former USSR and Turkey)