Blue-Bunch Wheat Grass
Pseudoroegneria spicata (Pursh) A. Löve
Collected along the trail toward Weippe Prairie northeast of Kamiah in Idaho Co., Idaho, on 10 Jun 1806. (Source)
Bluebunch wheatgrass is a tufted perennial, native, cool-season grass with densely tufted culms, 12-30 in. tall, erect or nearly so. Bluebunch wheatgrass is capable of an unusual ability to survive under a range of moisture conditions. Bluebunch wheatgrass is among the most drought-resistant native bunchgrasses. It is found throughout Idaho.
Bluebunch wheatgrass requires excellent drainage and mostly full sun. In the Intermountain West, bluebunch wheatgrass thrives with less than 17 inches annual precipitation. It grows from 300 to 5,000 feet, on both northern and southern slopes, depending on location. Bluebunch wheatgrass is adapted to mountain brush types in the Intermountain West with southwestern, dry and sunny exposures, in both open and closed communities.. The plant displays no significant preference for location on the hillside. Because of bluebunch wheatgrass' extensive latitudinal and elevational range, seasonal development varies. (Source)
Value to Animals:
Bluebunch wheatgrass is considered one of the most important forage grass species on western rangelands for wildlife. In Idaho bluebunch wheatgrass is important forage for elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, and bighorn sheep, and is used by pronghorn.
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