Bromus kalmii

Common name: Prairie Brome

Native plant

Prairie Brome is one of those grasses that does it job in the prairie quietly and lets the fanfare go to its more gaudy neighbors. Not to say that this plant is not graceful in it own right. It is, but it is more of a foundation plant on which the prairie is built. That being said, Prairie Brome is a fairly tough plant being able to take more shade than most prairie grasses growing on most soils types very well. The seed heads are distantly reminiscent of cultivated oats.

Price Level: 
Perennial- Standard
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 32 (plugs)
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon

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Plant Details

Plant type

Grasses, Sedges and Rushes

Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils


Prairie Grasslands

Growth form

Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
1 Inches
Max height
3 Feet
Max width
1 Inches

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