Puccinellia distans* (Alkaligrass)

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

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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:

pH Range:


Seeds per Pound: 1,200,000

Seeding Rate: 1-4 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Spring/Fall

Days to Germination:


Fults - Selected for release because it persists well on sandy sites. Germinates quickly, is extremely salt tolerant, and produces a dark green sod, good for both lawns and roadsides. (Released 1979, source of ecotype: Boulder, CO)

Various turfgrass types are also available, including:


If you are looking for turfgrass varieties other than what you see listed here, please contact us.