Prairie Sandreed

(Calamovilfa longifolia)


Prairie Sandreed is a tall growing, perennial grass with strong creeping rhizomes. It is common on the sandy rangelands of central and eastern Colorado. It is rare south of the Arkansas River, but has been reported near Texline, Texas. It is valuable on sandy plains and deep sands where it provides forage during late spring and early summer. Prairie Sandreed has strong drought resistance and is a strong competitor when well established. It is used for seedlings in mixtures and for soil stabilization on sandy sites.

Seed should be planted 2.5 cm (1 in.) deep in sandy soils; shallower in medium-textured soils. Special grass drills are needed to handle the hairy, unprocessed seed. Double seeding rates for broadcast planting and for harsh, erosive sites. Planting dates are normally early or mid-spring.



4.5 to 7.8 kg PLS/hectare
4 to 7 lbs. PLS/acre



274,000 per lb. (0.46 kg)


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