A perennial, cold tolerant, native short grass that is traditionally a bunchgrass, but can exhibit some sod-forming capability. Grows 6 to 24” in height and is commonly found in mountain meadows, bogs and wet places. Also grows on relatively well-drained soils and grassy slopes. It is added to seed mixtures to revegetate livestock and big game ranges, to protect road, ski slopes and mined lands. Occurring in the cooler and higher regions of western United States.