Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Great Lakes Wheat Grass

Agropyron psammophilum ( Great Lakes Wheat Grass )
Also called Elymus lanceolatus subsp psammophilus. A very attractive, rhizomatous, fast spreading, perennial grass, reaching up to 3 feet in height, that is native to sheltered sand dunes along Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. One the Canadian side, it is found from Manitoulin Island and Dorca's Bay ( near Tobermory ) south to Grand Bend along the Lake Huron shoreline. In its natural habitat, it is important for dune stabilization. It is endangered in the wild and is rarely found in cultivation. It has good forage value for livestock.
Hardy zones 5 to 6 in full sun on sandy, very well drained soil. Prefers soil PH 6.5 +. It is drought tolerant and moderately salt tolerant.

* photo taken on Aug 30 2013 in Grand Bend, Ontario

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