Needle & Threadgrass

Needle & Threadgrass "bails" after custom field collection in a native southern utah stand.


A Little Bit About Us

Great Basin Seed has a proud heritage in the Intermountain West seed industry. Our family lineage and business heritage are directly linked to the beginnings of reclamation, revegetation and wildlife habitat improvement.


Great Basin Seed
450 South 50 East
Ephraim, UT 84627

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435.283.1411 (Office)
435.283.6872 (Fax)

Questions? Gives us a call at 435.283.1411 Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm.

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Siberian Wheatgrass is a very drought tolerant bunchgrass similar to Standard Crested Wheatgrass but finer and more palatable. It is also more drought tolerant…it will survive in areas of 5″ annual precipitation, making it one of the very best candidates for the arid lands of the West. Siberian Wheatgrass is a “staple” species at Great Basin Seed. It is widely used and loved by those who use it.

Siberian Wheatgrass is a perennial, introduced grass. It is commonly seeded in the arid sections of the Western United States. Siberian wheatgrass is commonly recommended for forage production in arid locations. It is palatable to all classes of livestock and wildlife. It is a preferred feed for cattle, sheep, horses, and elk in spring and also in the fall if additional growth occurs from late growing season rainfall. It is considered a desirable feed for deer and antelope in spring and again in fall, if additional growth occurs. It is generally not recommended in areas with more than 14 inches of annual rainfall because better alternative forage species are available.

Siberian wheatgrass is well adapted for the stabilization of disturbed soils. It competes well with other aggressive introduced plants during the establishment period. Siberian wheatgrass is generally less desirable in mixes with native species because it is competitive and can out-compete slower developing native species.

Its drought tolerance, fibrous root system, and excellent seedling vigor make Siberian wheatgrass ideal for reclamation in areas receiving 8 inches or more annual precipitation. This grass can be used in urban areas where irrigation water is limited to provide ground cover, weed control and to stabilize ditch banks, dikes, pipelines, power lines, and roadsides. In revegitative projects, Siberian Wheatgrass has gained favor over other species of wheatgrass.

Where it is planted as a monoculture, the resulting biodiversity is lower than that found in a diverse seeded or native plant community.

Also known as Agropyron sibericum.

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Bunchgrass with Fibrous roots

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6-11 PLS lbs. per Acre

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