• Good for rangeland and for forage
  • Used for erosion control and native species restoration
  • Most drought tolerant bluegrass available
  • Valuable and well sought after seed

Quantity is per pound. Example: 1 = 1 lb, 2 = 2 lbs, 3 = 3lbs, etc. This is pure seed, not a live plant.


Muttongrass (Pos fendleriana) has a variety of uses ranging from forage to erosion control to native species restoration. This perennial bunchgrass usually grows to be between 0.7 and 2.5 feet tall. This bunchgrass is commonly found among sage brush and juniper and piñon-juniper communities. It is also found throughout ponderosa pine, aspen forests and Engelmann spruce-lodgepole pine zones.

Drought Tolerance

Muttongrass (Pos fendleriana) is one of the most drought tolerant bluegrasses available and has great potential for use in restoration and native diversification projects throughout the midwestern and western states. It is a valuable and well sought after seed.


The best time to plant is in the late fall or early spring (dormant) with a pure seeding rate of 2 lb PLS/acre. If seeding as part of a mix, adjust seeding rate to the desired percentage. For best results seeds should be drilled ¼ inch deep, into a firm, weed-free seedbed or seed can be broadcast followed with a cultipacker or harrow operation to provide a small covering of soil.

Soils: Muttongrass prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and requires well-drained soil. It does well on soils high in course fragments (rock, gravel, cobbles). The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils.

Additional information found on USDA & NRCS database

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Mutton bluegrass, Muttongrass

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