Squirreltail grass is a “work horse” habitat restoration species because of its strong ability to establish and out-compete non-native annual grass species such as cheat grass and madusahead. Native to most of North America west of the Mississipi River, this native bunchgrass inhabits a wide variety of habitats from low-elevation valley grassland, to mid-elevation woodland and forest, to high elevation alpine rock gardens. The flower clusters are reminiscent of a bottlebrush, and sometimes this species is called bottlebrush squirreltail grass. It grows 1.5′-2′ tall and does best in a sunny, dry location.
Squirreltail grass (Elymus elymoides) seed packets contain approximately 60 seeds per packet.
Seed Germination Instructions
No pretreatment required. Sow outside in fall to early spring.