Western Wheatgrass is a native, cool season perennial, sod forming grass which reproduces from underground rhizomes and seeds. Western Wheatgrass spreads rapidly and forms a dense sod, making it valuable for erosion control. It produces an abundance of forage early in the season that is nutritious and readily eaten by livestock until late summer when it becomes harsh and fibrous. It makes a good quality hay if cut during the late bloom stand and can stand close grazing. Western Wheatgrass will do well on a wide range of soils, from sands to clay. It is very tolerant to alkali. This grass can be seeded in pure stands but is usually used in mixtures because it provides ground cover quite slowly.