A perennial, cool season, introduced bunchgrass that grows 24 to 48″ tall. It develops short rhizomes and is generally a drought tolerant and winterhardy. It has adapted to the loam and clay-loam soils of the prairies and is often used in pasture grass. Although the growth of Altai Wildrye is coarse, cattle and sheep find it very palatable. Found in Intermountain Regions and Northern Great Plains of Western United States.