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Elymus canadensis - Canada Wild Rye

Sun Exposure: Sun, Part Sun

Soil Moisture: Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry

Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Clay

Height: 3 - 5 feet

Spread: 2 - 3 feet

Blooms: July, August, September, October

Root: Fibrous

Habitat: Prairies, Savannas, Open woodlands, Woodland borders, Sandy Shores, Dunes, Limestone glades

Landscape uses: Pollinator garden, Meadow planting, Naturalization, Drought Tolerant

Complimentary Plants: New England Aster, Wild Bergamot, Butterfly Milkweed

Wildlife Value: Several insects feed on this prairie grass. Host Plant: False Wainscot Moth, other various moth species

Seed Origin: Wasaga Beach, Ontario

Germination Code: A


Photo credits: #1 by Crazytwoknobs  , #2 by Matt Lavin, #3 by Denver Botanic Gardens, #4 by austinrkelly, #5 by eric_lamb

Elymus canadensis - Canada Wild Rye

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  • Canada Wild Rye has lovely nodding seed heads and warm green mid-summer color.  It is a cool-season grass, so it actively grows during the spring and fall when soil temperatures are cool.  It is one of the first grasses to be prevalent throughout a prairie planting, but after several years it largely will have given way to other grasses and wildflowers.  For this reason it can also be used as a native Cover Crop. 

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