Thinopyrum intermedium ssp. barbulatum* (Pubescent wheatgrass)

Formerly known as Agropyron trichophorum and as Elytrigia intermedia ssp. trichophorum. Cool season, robust, drought tolerant, strongly rhizomatous, long-lived sod-forming grass. Similar toThinopyrum intermedium but more tolerant of drought, lower soil fertility, higher alkalinity and higher elevations.

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Family: Poaceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Graminoid

Native Status: Introduced

Season: Cool

Growth Form: Rhizomatous

Mature Height: 36 in.

Annual Precipitation: 12-30 in.

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Shade Tolerance: Intolerant


Wetland Indicator Status

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance: High


Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: Yes

Salinity Tolerance: Medium

CaCO3 Tolerance: High

pH Range: 5.6-8.4


Seeds per Pound: 80,000

Seeding Rate: 9-14 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Fall

Days to Germination:


Luna - Plants produce dark green foliage. Adapted to warmer, lower elevation sites. Excellent seedling vigor, but forms weaker sod than Topar. (Released 1963, source of ecotype: former USSR)

Manska - Selected from diverse lots of Mandan. Forage yields similar to Oahe, but higher nutritive value. Most suited to Central and Northern Great Plains in areas with 14 inches MAP. (Released 1992)