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Fringed Brome
Bromus ciliatus

Cool-season, perennial grass that reaches 2-4' in height. It is a bunching, short-lived species. A good restoration plant for shady sites as well as mesic-to-wet conditions. This species can be grown as a specimen or in small groups. This species is not competitive with taller grasses.

USDA symbol: BRCI2

General Information

Plant TypeGrass
Height4 feet
Light ExposureSun, Part Sun, Shade
Soil MoistureDry, Medium, Wet
Bloom ColorYellow
Fringed Brome (Fringed Brome<div><em class="small">Bromus ciliatus</em></div>)
Photo credit: Minnesota Wildflowers (Click to enlarge)


Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience6
Salt ToleranceLow
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant, Fire Tolerant

Pollinator Value: None Known

Bloom MonthsApril to May

Project Planning

Project TypeBoulevard, Erosion Control, Restoration, Sandy or Engineered Soils
Coefficient of Conservatism8
Herbivore SensitivityHigh
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationDeep
Vegetative ReproductionAbsent


CountyAitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Fillmore, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Isanti, Itasca, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Mahnomen, Marshall, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Nicollet, Norman, Olmsted, Pennington, Pine, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Roseau, Sherburne, St. Louis, Stearns, Swift, Todd, Wabasha, Wadena, Washington, Wilkin, Winona, Wright
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands