Trisetum spicatum (Spike trisetum)

Long-lived, densely tufted bunchgrass found in meadows, streambanks, forest openings, sub-alpine meadows and alpine tundra; low to high elevations. Prefers dry, well-drained, rocky sites; occasionally occurs in moist areas. Extremely cold and fire tolerant. Low nutrient requirements; moderately tolerant of acidic and alkaline soils. Very good soil builder and erosion control species. Important forage for wildlife and livestock during the growing season and into late fall, throughout its range.

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INFORMATION & ATTRIBUTES

Family: Poaceae

Duration: Perennial, long-lived

Growth Habit: Graminoid

Native Status: Native

Season: Cool

Growth Form: Bunchgrass

Mature Height: 20 in.

Annual Precipitation: 12+in.

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Shade Tolerance: Intermediate

Elevation: 5,000-13,500 ft.

Wetland Indicator Status: FACU

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance: Yes

SOIL ADAPTATION

Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: No

Salinity Tolerance: Low

CaCO3 Tolerance: 

pH Range:


SEEDING NOTES

Seeds per Pound: 

Seeding Rate:  PLS lbs/acre

Season: Fall/Spring

Days to Germination:


VARIETIES & LOCAL ACCESSIONS

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