Distichlis spicata (Inland saltgrass)

Formerly D. stricta. Warm season, strongly rhizomatous, sod-forming monoecious perennial. Found on wet sites but is also common in the flats and basins of the arid West up to elevations of 6,000 ft., where it is one of the most drought tolerant grasses. Also survives coastal areas periodically flooded by sea water; intolerant of prolonged inundation. Moderately palatable but remains green when other grasses are dry during drought. Useful for revegetating unusually alkaline and saline soils.

native distribution

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INFORMATION & ATTRIBUTES

Family: Poaceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Graminoid

Native Status: Native

Season: Warm

Growth Form: Rhizomatous

Mature Height: 13 in.

Annual Precipitation: 5-70 in.

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Shade Tolerance: Intolerant

Elevation: 

Wetland Indicator Status: FAC

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance: High

SOIL ADAPTATION

Coarse Texture: No

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: Yes

Salinity Tolerance: High

CaCO3 Tolerance: High

pH Range: 6.4-10.0


SEEDING NOTES

Seeds per Pound: 519,000

Seeding Rate: 4-10 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Summer

Days to Germination:


VARIETIES & LOCAL ACCESSIONS

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