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Woodland Brome

Bromus pubescens

A savanna-loving cool season grass with blue green leaves and a beautiful, arching seedhead



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Bromus pubescens, commonly known as Woodland Brome or Hairy Woodland Brome, is a native perennial, cool season grass. It has fibrous roots and usually lacks rhizomes.

Wildlife notes

Insects that feed on woodland brome grasses are poorly documented, but they may include the following two species: leaf-mining larvae of the leaf beetle, Chalepus walshii, and leaf-mining larvae of the moth, Elachista illectella. Some vertebrate animals that feed on the seeds of these grasses include the Ruffed Grouse, Wild Turkey, various sparrows, and the White-Footed Mouse. Vertebrate animals that feed on the foliage include the White-Tailed Deer (during fall & winter) and Cottontail Rabbit (young foliage).

Forage notes

Woodland brome is one of the few brome grasses native to Missouri. Most of the rest were introduced for use in pastures or other fodder. The foliage of Bromus pubescens is palatable to domesticated farm animals (cattle, horses, etc.) when it is young.

Landscaping notes

This grass prefers partial sun to light shade, moist to mesic conditions, and soil containing fertile loam, silt-loam, or sandy loam. It is one of the taller grasses with some tolerance of shade. Lovely arching seed heads.

Restoration notes

Occurs in mesic (moist) to dry upland forests, often in ravines or valleys, banks of streams, ledges of wooded bluffs, and less commonly along margins of sinkhole ponds and bottomland forests. Also occurs in old fields and roadsides.

This is the most widespread of the native perennial bromes, both in distribution and variety of habitats. It occurs variously on dry, cherty slopes and in rich, moist soils of sheltered ravines and valleys. Usually found in shaded areas.

The most common introduced brome in Missouri is downy chess (or downy brome or cheatgrass, B. tectorum), with flower stalks that become pink or purple-tinged, often forming dense stands along roadsides and other disturbed places.

Woodland brome, which serves as a woodland groundcover, plays a role in stabilizing the rather thin, rocky soils of upland woods, permitting many other plants, including mosses, wildflowers, and trees, to survive. Together, these plants build woodland natural communities, with all the plants and animals they support.

Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun to Part Shade

Seeding Rate

15.3 bulk lbs/acre


Dry, Average



Bloom Month

May, Jun

Specialty Uses

Wildlife, Landscaping

# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq. ft

Life Cycle


What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.