Previous scientific name(s): Elymus cylindricus
Cool season, short-lived perennial bunchgrass native to Siberia, Mongolia and Northern China. Excellent forage, with nutritional quality and palatability for livestock similar to Altai and Giant wildrye. Establishes rapidly and has quick recovery after cutting or grazing. Used in grass mixtures to increase production from young stands of grasses that are slow to establish.
From China, a short-lived perennial, demonstrated to survive three years under dryland conditions of northern prairies. May be used as a short rotation hay or pasture species in alternate rows with long-lived perennials on permanent pasture to improve early stand productivity. (Released 1989, source of ecotype: People's Republic of China)