Winterfat

CHARACTERISTICS
Botanical Name Ceratoides lanata
Life Cycle Perennial
Environment Full Sun
Preferred Sites Upland/Grassland
Bloom Period May-July
Flower Color White
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Description

A superior browse for livestock and wildlife, especially in the winter months due to its high crude protein levels. Caution should be taken to not harm the plant by overgrazing. Winterfat is distributed in the western United States and is found in many different soil types and precipitation zones but grows best in semi-arid plant communities. Dormant season to early spring, shallow planting (<1/4”) provide the best stands. Planting rates of 5# pls per acre for a monoculture or .025# pls per acre in a mix have been noted to be successful.

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