Bottlebrush Squirreltail

(Situation Hystrix)


Bottlebrush Squirreltail is a cool-season, perennial bunchgrass growing to a height of 10 to 61 cm (4 to 24 in.). The narrow leaves are bright green, curing to grayish-tan, and the seed head is a long narrow spike with long, bristly awns. Bottlebrush Squirreltail occurs on dry hills, plains, open woods and rocky slopes from South Dakota to Mexico growing at elevations of 600 to 3,500 m (1,970 to 11,500 ft.).

It has low to moderate palatability for livestock in the spring and early summer prior to seed head development. Other uses include roadside stabilization and mine land reclamation.

Seed should be drilled to a depth of 1.3 cm (½ in.). Planting would be done in late fall or early spring for best results.



3.9 to 6 kg PLS/hectare
3.5 to 5.5 lbs. PLS/acre



190,000 per lb. (0.46 kg)


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