Triticum aestivum x Secale cereal* ('QuickGuard' Sterile Triticale)

‘QuickGuard’ Sterile Triticale is a cool season drought tolerant annual cereal grain. Comprises all the attributes of common Triticale, but is nonreseeding and does not persist in subsequent years. Will not produce seed unless it is exposed to pollen from Wheat (T. aestivum) or non-sterile varieties of triticale. Intended for short-term soil stabilization on non-agricultural erosion control projects in semi-arid regions of the western US. Use alone or as a nurse plant with slower establishing perennials in mining reclamation, road development, new construction and following soil disturbance. Germinates in cool environments. Suitable for use in fall or spring.


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Family: Poaceae

Duration: Annual

Growth Habit: Graminoid

Native Status: Introduced

Growth Form: Grass

Mature Height: 25 in.

Annual Precipitation: ≥6 in.

Drought Tolerance: High

Shade Tolerance: Low


Wetland Indicator Status:

Fire Resistance: None

Fire Tolerance: None

Nitrogen fixation: None


Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: Yes

Salinity Tolerance: Yes

CaCO3 Tolerance: Yes

pH Range: 4.5-8.3


Seeds per Pound: 13,000

Seeding Rate: 8-15 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Spring/Fall

Days to Germination: 3-7