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Perennial RyegrassLolium perenne L.

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Longevity:

Annual or Perennial

Palatability:

Very High

Winter Hardiness:

- to F

Growth Habit:

Bunchgrass

Drought Tolerance:

Poor

Cool or Warm Season:

Cool

Use and Comments:

Low to medium-yielding, cool season pasture, hay and turf; quick establishment.

Distribution in U.S.:

Primarily in the southeast and the Northwest.

Height:
12-24 inches.
Flat, wiry.
Leaves:
Sparse leaves on clums; underside glossy; auricles present; ligule difficult to see; cross section of leaf blade V-shaped.
Inflorescence:
Spike; 35 spikelets per spike; 6-10 florets per spikelet.
 
 

 
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Soil
Drainage:
Somewhat Poorly Drained
Fertility:
Medium-High
pH:
5.6-6.2
 
 
Seed
Color:
Tan
Shape:
Oblong; rachilla flat and wedged shaped, not knobbed.
Other Characteristics:
Awns usually absent.
Pounds Per Bushel:
24
Seeds Per Pound:
227,000
Seeding Rate:
15-20 pounds PLS per acre.
Seeding Date (Indiana):
Mar 1-May 1 or Aug 1-Sept 1
Emergence Time (Days):
14
Optimum Germ. Temp. (F):
60-75

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For more forage information contact Dr. Keith Johnson: johnsonk@purdue.edu

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