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Bluebunch wheatgrass (Pseudoroegneria spicata) - One of the most common bunchgrasses in the shrub-steppe, this perennial grass can reach 3 feet in height. One of the most distinctive features of bluebunch wheatgrass is the presence of small red membranes where the leaf blades join the stalk. The leaf blades themselves are numerous and flat, and grow close to the ground, forming clumps with spreading leaves. These tufts of grass, which grow about 6-8 inches in diameter at the base, prefer moister, deep soil, and typically flower from June to August. (Formerly called Agropyron spicatum).

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