Pubescent Wheatgrass

(Agropyron intermedium var. trichophorum)

Pubescent Wheatgrass is a native of Europe and central Asia. It is a long-lived, cool-season grass similar to intermediate Wheatgrass. Plantings throughout New Mexico have shown it to be well adapted to the deep soils of the Big Sagebrush zone. It is not as drought resistant as crested wheat. However, it is more drought resistant and more productive on shallow and low fertility soils than is intermediate Wheatgrass. It is not as palatable as crested or intermediate when the foliage matures, but it is much better for erosion control.

Seed is easily drilled and should be planted no deeper than 2.5 cm (1 in.). Planting dates should be the two-month period with the most favorable moisture (spring or fall).



5.6 to 7.8 kg PLS/hectare

5 to 7 lbs. PLS/acre



94,000 per lb. (0.46 kg)


The New Mexico State University Agricultural Experiment Station, and the USDA Soil Conservation Service released Luna Pubescent Wheatgrass in 1963. The original source material was from the U.S.S.R. and Turkey.

Luna has excellent seedling vigor, fast establishment, and is a high forage producer. Luna is very uniform with leaves that are wide and dark green. The foliage is generally less hairy than other varieties. Its overall performance has been superior to other strains and varieties of Pubescent Wheatgrass tested in the West. It is also a good seed producer under irrigation.

Besides being well adapted to northern New Mexico and Colorado, Luna has performed well along road cuts and hills in many of the western states where Pubescent Wheatgrass is adapted.


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