Bromus pubescens

Canada Brome, hairy woodland brome

Description: perennial

Place of origin: North America

Urban habitat: drought tolerant, thrives in sandy and compacted soils; commonly found in waste dumps, minimally maintained landscapes, highway banks and medians, along railroad tracks.

Ecological function: disturbance-adapted colonizer of bare ground, erosion control, restores soil, food for wildlife and livestock.

History: Bromus pubescens is one of the 28 Bromus species native to North America. It is often used as a restorative grass planted in waste areas. Native American tribes used many of the Bromus species as fiber for making brooms and brushes.