Lolium perenne (Perennial ryegrass)

Cool season, short-lived, perennial bunchgrass adapted to a wide variety of sites where moisture is adequate. Establishes quickly and easily. Excellent palatability for use in pasture and range improvement blends; also extensively bred as a turf. Tetraploid types are more vigorous, digestible, less stemmy, have excellent regrowth and should be used for pasture and hay. Diploid types have finer leaf blades, tiller more aggressively and are developed as turf. Popular choice for winter over-seeding of dormant warm season Bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon) lawns in the south and southwest. Varieties listed below.


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Family: Poaceae

Duration: Perennial, Short-lived

Growth Habit: Graminoid

Native Status: Introduced

Season: Cool

Growth Form: Bunchgrass

Mature Height: 36-42 in.

Annual Precipitation: 30-65 in.

Drought Tolerance: Low

Shade Tolerance: Intolerant


Wetland Indicator Status:

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance: Low


Coarse Texture: No

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: Yes

Salinity Tolerance: Medium

CaCO3 Tolerance: High 

pH Range: 5.0-8.0


Seeds per Pound: 240,400

Seeding Rate: 20-25 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Spring/Fall

Days to Germination:


Albion - Superior for pasture, hay and silage. Excellent performance in areas that experience drought or high humidity. Notable drought tolerance for a ryegrass.

Linn - Commonly used for erosion control, naturalized areas and basic pasture; unsatisfactory turf. Productive early in the growing season. (Released 1961)

Various turfgrass types are also available. If you are looking for turfgrass varieties, please contact us.