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Crested Wheatgrass

by Dawn West, All About Lawns Columnist

Description: Crested Wheatgrass is a medium-textured native grass with a bluish-green appearance. Commonly used on road-sides in the midwest and great plains states, Crested Wheatgrass tends to grow best in cool, semi-arid conditions. However, it will survive extreme weather fluctuations and droughts.

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  • Germinates and grows quicker then many native grasses
  • Has a deep root system that is well suited for erosion control
  • Very low maintenance requiring very little mowing



  • Tends to go brown and dormant during hot conditions
  • Can grow in "clumps" making for a less-attractive grass

Watering: Requires little watering. But in relation to other native grasses, Crested Wheatgrass generally requires a little more moisture. For additional info on watering, see: Watering

Fertilizing: see: Fertilizing Tables

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Dawn West B.A. holds a B.A. in English from Harvard University and teaches writing at Oregon State University.

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