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Prairie June Grass

Scientific name

Koeleria macrantha


The Prairie June grass is a short, cool-season grass that can grow up to 60 cm in height. It is a native of much of North America and Eurasia where it will often naturalize fallow fields. It is often used in a restoration context due to its ability to stabilize soil erosion. Prairie June grass has basal leaves (up to 18 cm long) and are grey-green to bright green in appearance. Light green inflorescences open in late spring and change to a silver colour as the season progresses.

Planting conditions

Prairie June grass prefers well-drained soil and prefers partial to full sun exposure. It can tolerate temporary drought and does well in poor soils such as sand.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
  • Moisture level:
    • Dry
    • Normal
    • Drought Tolerant
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
    • Rocky
  • pH:
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
  • Eco Zone:
    • 3a
    • 3b
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
    • 7a
    • 7b
    • 8a
    • 8b
    • 9a
  • Plant type:
    • Ground Cover
  • Height:
    • 60 cm