Elymus hoffmannii* (RS hybrid wheatgrass)

Formerly Elytrigia repens x Pseudoroegneria spicata. Cool season, drought tolerant, long-lived, weakly rhizomatous sod-forming perennial. Hybrid cross combining the palatability of Bluebunch wheatgrass (P. spicata) with the productive and vigorous growth of Quackgrasss (E. repens), but without aggressive spreading. Adapted to most soils including moderately saline sites. Highly productive, nutritious and palatable. Recovers quickly from grazing, haying. Useful on both irrigated and non-irrigated pasture and range sites. Varieties listed below.

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Family: Poaceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Graminoid

Native Status: 

Season: Cool

Growth Form: Rhizomatous, sod forming

Mature Height: 30 in.

Annual Precipitation: 10-35 in.

Drought Tolerance: High

Shade Tolerance: High


Wetland Indicator Status

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance: Low


Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: Yes

Salinity Tolerance: High

CaCO3 Tolerance: High

pH Range: 6.4-8.4


Seeds per Pound: 145,000

Seeding Rate: 12-14 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Spring/Fall

Days to Germination:


AC Saltlander - Salt tolerance equal to Tall wheatgrass (Thinopyrum ponticum). Adapted to and remains highly palatable when occurring in saline soils. (Released 2006)

NewHy - Similar salinity tolerance to Tall wheatgrass (Thinopyrum ponticum), but better palatability and nutritional value. Persistent. (Released 1989)