Hybrid Ryegrass

Lolium x boucheanum

Hybrid Ryegrass is a cross between Perennial and Italian Ryegrass combining yield, quality and persistence. Types range from Perennial Ryegrass, Intermediate and Italian types. Usage has mainly been for conservation but the new Perennial types have proven to be excellent for grazing. Hybrid Ryegrass has improved drought tolerance to Italian Ryegrass, especially the very dense Hybrids. Spring growth is similar to early Perennial Ryegrasses whereas the heading is more like Intermediate Perennials. Hybrids offer great flexibility in management and high quality forage.

  • Suitable for medium duration leys
  • High yields of excellent quality forage
  • Multipurpose use
  • Higher production than Perennial Ryegrass for first 2-3 years after sowing
  • Longer growth season than most Perennial Ryegrasses


Scale 1-9, where 9 = best or most pronounced

Winter hardiness
Spring growth (early)
Grazing tolerance