Short-lived. Used for erosion control, pasture, fire rehabilitation sites. Mountain Brome is a medium to tall short-lived plant. This cool-season vigorous bunchgrass does best on moderately deep, fertile, moist, medium to fine texture soils. It will survive in less optimum conditions. This species of brome has fair salt tolerance, good winter-hardiness and is shade-tolerant. This grass is good for range, pasture and wildlife habitat because it is a good abundant, palatable, forage producer. Must be used where good moisture is adequate.
Mountain Brome has been used for erosion control. It germinates and establishes quickly when seeded making it a good choice for quick cover of disturbed sites such as highway right-of-ways, coal mine spoils, heavy metal mine tailings, spent oil shale and wildfire revegetation. Because it is a short-lived pioneer perennial species it does well when planted with slower developing native plants. Mountain Brome provides excellent cover crop attributes for the slower establishing species. It has good root production, especially when combined with a legume. Mountain brome roots decompose slowly providing long lasting erosion control even after the plants have died.