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1539 Eleventh Ave. Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-2074 | Fax: (406) 444-2684
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Grasses


See the current Inventory & Price List for seedling sources and availability.

Further seed source info and scientific names are available by contacting the nursery

Average Seedling Height By Age: 1 year old

10-16"

2 years old 12-22"
3 years old 16-26"

Many of our species are produced from MITOSIS seed. MITOSIS is the Montana Interagency Tree and Shrub Improvement Study. The study was a cooperative effort to evaluate the performance of various species of plants in established Montana plantings. The selected plantings were evaluated for over ten years and the best performing plants were selected for seed orchard establishment at the nursery.

We use this seed source whenever possible. These selections perform well in many of Eastern Montana's variable and harsh climates. Although these plants have not been tested in every environment, MITOSIS selections are some of the best plant materials available for use in Montana. The selections are proven to survive in Montana because they were evaluated in Montana not other Northern Great Plains states.


CN_Grasses_basinwildrye.jpg Basin Wildrye "Trailhead"
Leymus cinereus
Growth Rate Moderate Cold Hardiness High
20-Year Height 6' Alkali/Saline Soil Tolerance Good
Elevation Range Up to 9,000' Life Span Long
Windbreak Spacing 2-4' Minimum Annual Precip. 9"
Wildlife Value Tall stature and large seed provide food and all season cover for upland gamebirds. Pests None significant.
Comments Large, native, cool-season bunch grass. Grows to 6 feet tall. Provides early season forage and excellent game-bird coverage.
5 Cubic inch containerized seedlings (order in lots of 25) all 1 year old

CN_Grasses_bluebunchwheatgrass.jpg Bluebunch Wheatgrass "Goldar"
Pseudoroegneria spicata
Growth Rate Moderate Cold Hardiness High
20-Year Height 2-3' Alkali/Saline Soil Tolerance Fair
Elevation Range Up to 8,000' Life Span Moderate
Windbreak Spacing N/A Minimum Annual Precip. 10"
Wildlife Value Highly palatable Pests None significant
Comments Native cool season bunch grass. Very drought tolerant. Use for re-vegetation and dry rangelands.

CN_Grasses_BluebunchWheatgrassGoldar.jpg Bulrush, Panicled
Scirpus microcarpus
Growth Rate Fast Cold Hardiness High
20-Year Height 1-2' Alkali/Saline Soil Tolerance Moderate
Elevation Range 2,500-6,500' Life Span 30+ years
Windbreak Spacing N/A Minimum Annual Precip. Riparian
Wildlife Value High for stream & meadow restoration Pests None significant
Comments A common riparian graminoid found in marshes, wet meadows, stream banks and lake edges. Excellent for erosion control on wet sites.

CN_Grasses_SedgeWater.jpg Sedge, Water
Carex aquatilis
Growth Rate Fast Cold Hardiness High
20-Year Height 1-2' Alkali/Saline Soil Tolerance Moderate
Elevation Range 2,500-7,000' Life Span 20+ years
Windbreak Spacing N/A Minimum Annual Precip. Wetland
Wildlife Value High for wetland restoration Pests None significant
Comments Native wetland sedge that reproduces through seed and rhizomes to form dense sod. Only found in very wet sites. Can withstand flooding for 1-2 months.
Contact

CONSERVATION SEEDLING NURSERY
2705 Spurgin Road
Missoula, MT 59804
406-542-4244
email: mtnursery@mt.gov