Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Western Wheat Grass

Western Wheat Grass

Pascopyrum smithii

Full sun, moderately wet to dry moisture level, adapted to a wide range of soils including clay, loam or sandy, tolerates alkaline pH.  4 feet height, blooms in late spring, yellow flowers, will naturalize and can be aggressive.

Germination Code:  A

Native Region:  ?

Warm-season, sod-forming, easy-to-grow grass.  Long-lived with coarse blue-green leaves with prominent veins.  Due to its bluish appearance, it is sometimes called bluestem wheat grass.  One of the best known and most commonly used native grasses. Provides excellent erosion control due to its spreading rhizomes.  Stands may be slow to establish and may take several years. Tolerates seasonal flooding and can become aggressive and crowd out other grasses during wet times.  It covers so thickly that it is not a good choice for a wildflower meadow because it will not allow room for other plants.  Attracts birds.

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