Sandberg Bluegrass (Native)
Short, 8 – 14 inches, long-lived, drought-tolerant, cool-season, bunchgrass. Most common bluegrass in the Intermountain Region. Adapted to all soil textures and rocky, shallow, dry soils. Fair tolerance to acid, alkaline and saline soils. Grows from cold deserts valleys to alpine. Very palatable and nutritious forage while green, but low yield. Greens up very early but dries soon with lack of moisture. Good grazing tolerance. Very important species when revegetation, erosion control, or range improvement is needed on very dry, harsh sites. Minimum precip. is 7 inches. Plant fall or spring ¼ inch deep. 925,000 seeds/lb.
Named Releases: ‘High Plains Germplasm’ (Selected Class) Release from composite origin in MT and WY released in 2000 by the Bridger, MT PMC.
‘MT Home Germplasm’ Not yet released, origin is from near Mt. Home, ID.
‘Hanford Source Germplasm’ Ecotype from Hanford, WA.
‘Reliable’ (Select Class) Released in 2004 by the Logan ARS. Selected for its high genetic diversity and to provide broad adaptation over a broad ecological range.