Puccinellia distans* (Alkaligrass)

Cool season, perennial sod-former with a vigorous and shallow fibrous root system. Adapted to moist or periodically moist, saline soils. Able to withstand intermittent flooding and shallow water tables. Moderately palatable. Excellent for establishing cover on saline soils. Also used as a turfgrass. Varieties listed below.

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Family: Poaceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Graminoid

Native Status: Introduced, Native

Season: Cool

Growth Form: Sod former

Mature Height:  1-24 in.

Annual Precipitation: 15 in.

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Shade Tolerance:


Wetland Indicator Status: FACW

Fire Resistance:

Fire Tolerance:


Coarse Texture: No

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: Yes

Salinity Tolerance:

CaCO3 Tolerance:

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Seeds per Pound: 1,200,000

Seeding Rate: 1-4 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Spring/Fall

Days to Germination:


Fults II - One of the most salt tolerant turfgrasses available. Germinates quickly and produces dark green sod. Also used for roadsides or groundcover where high salt content exists. May become dominant in high salt areas. (Released 1979)

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