Range and Habitat in Illinois
Downy Brome is found in every county of Illinois and is quite common (see Distribution Map). It is native to Eurasia. The first specimen of this species was collected in Illinois during the 1890's. Habitats include barren savannas, sand prairies, fields, pastures, vacant lots, landfills, areas along railroads, roadsides, and waste areas. This is a pioneer species that prefers areas with a history of disturbance.