Thinopyrum ponticum* (Tall wheatgrass)

Formerly known as: Agropyron elongatum and Elytrigia elongata. Cool season, late maturing, coarse, productive bunch grass growing to 5 ft. or more. Extremely saline-tolerant, able to establish on soils with pH of 10.0. Adapted to both deep and shallow, well-drained and imperfectly drained soils; able to tolerate flooding and shallow water tables. Generally good palatability year-round. 

area of adaptation

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Family: Poaceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Graminoid

Native Status: Introduced

Season: Cool

Growth Form: Bunchgrass

Mature Height: 60 in.

Annual Precipitation: 10-28 in.

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Shade Tolerance: Intolerant


Wetland Indicator Status

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance: Medium


Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: Yes 

Salinity Tolerance: High  

CaCO3 Tolerance: High

pH Range: 6.6-10.0


Seeds per Pound: 75,300

Seeding Rate: 11-17 PLS lbs/acre

Season:  Spring

Days to Germination:


Alkar - Tall, high yielding forage producer adapted to wet, alkaline sites. (Released 1951, source of ecotype: former USSR)

Jose - Medium tall, high yielding forage producer adapted to warmer climates of the Southwest. (Released 1965, source of ecotype: Australia, from Eurasia)