Bromopsis biebersteinii* (Meadow brome)

Formerly known as Bromus biebersteinii. Cool season, long-lived perennial, open sod-former with short rhizomes. Adapted to most sites where water is adequate, but performs best on moderately deep, well-drained moist soils. Provides excellent year-round forage and is often used as a pasture grass.

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Family: Poaceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Graminoid

Native Status: Introduced

Season: Cool

Growth Form: Bunchgrass

Mature Height:  in.

Annual Precipitation: 48 in.

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Shade Tolerance: Intolerant


Wetland Indicator Status:

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance: High


Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: Yes

Salinity Tolerance: Low

CaCO3 Tolerance: Low

pH Range: 5.7-8.5


Seeds per Pound: 86,800

Seeding Rate:  PLS lbs/acre

Season: Spring/Fall

Days to Germination:


Cache - Excellent early spring forage, greens up 2-3 weeks earlier than many other pasture grasses. Adapted to slightly acidic to mildly alkaline soils and has a high forage yield even under reduced irrigation. Very winter hardy and recovers quickly after grazing. (Released 2004, source of ecotype: Cache County, UT)

Fleet - Similar to Regar but slightly more resistant to silver top. High hay and pasture yields with excellent seed yields and seed quality ratings. Good winter hardiness and high digestibility for livestock. (Released 1987, source of ecotype: synthetic of Eurasian sources including Regar)

Macbeth - Similar in forage production to Fleet, Paddock and Regar, but with significantly higher seed yields. (Released 2001, source of ecotype: Montana)

Paddock - Like Fleet, Paddock is more resistant to silver top than Regar. High pasture and hay yields. Good vigor and winter hardiness. Seed quality and digestibility are similar to Fleet but seed yields are slightly lower. (Released 1987, source of ecotype: Krasnador, former USSR)

Regar - Regar seeds germinate and establish quickly. Plants are very winter hardy and produce abundant forage. (Released 1966, source of ecotype: Turkey)