Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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Dropseed, spike

Bunchy growth habit with stems and seed spikes

Spike dropseed has fair nutritional value, and many species of livestock will graze it. Various wildlife species, particularly upland birds, also feed on it, and it provides good cover for birds and small mammals.

Spike dropseed is a native, perennial bunchgrass with erect stems that grow three feet tall. Spike dropseed begins growing in the spring when moisture levels increase, and it and matures to produce seed in October. It can reseed itself following overgrazing or drought; however, proper management is required to ensure the plant is not overgrazed or over utilized by livestock or wildlife.

Thin, elongated seed spikes
Leaf sheath alongside a seed spike
Grassland habitat
Three slender grass stalks with seeds.

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