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NOXIOUS WEEDS FEATURE – CHEATGRASS

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Stephanie Andelman is here to educate us (weekly) on noxious weeds of the Nederland area. You can read the Nederland Noxious Weed Management Plan of 2020 here: https://nederlandco.org/noxious-weeds.

We’re starting with the most pervasive plant in the Western US = Downy brome (Bromus tectorum) or commonly known as Cheatgrass. Native to Mediterranean region of Europe, this grass spread throughout North America by 1914, making it the most common plant on the continent.
Help suppress this invasive by hand pulling and bagging when this plant is still green, prior to seed dispersal. This grass has already started to sprout (early spring) and often greens up again in the fall.
How to identify:
  • Seeds – cylindrical with tied ends and hairs growing out the top – green or brown (be sure to remove any seeds from shoes, clothing, and animals that have come into contact with mature plants)
  • Leaves – 2-6” long, densely covered with soft hairs giving a downy feel
  • Stems – erect, slender, from branched base can reach up to 24” tall
  • Flowers – drooping 1-sided panicles, with spikelets of 5-8 flowers, ½ – ¾ “ long.
  • Roots – fibrous
Why is this species dangerous?
  • Dense stands are fire hazards
  • Produces 300 seeds per plant and may remain viable for 2 years
  • Mature flower heads become embedded in clothing and animal fur
  • Roots are effective at absorbing moisture, allowing Cheatgrass to grow quickly early in season (now!)
  • Found in fields, grasslands, meadows, shrublands, forests, disturbed areas, and dry slopes 3,800-10,500 ft
Let’s pull together to help Nederland be natively natural.