Elymus canadensis L.

Canada Wild Rye, Great Plains Wild Rye

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Elymus

Category: Grass

Zones: 3 to

Size: 3 to 6' tall (in bloom)

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun


Clumping warm season grass, flowers in late summer with long arching plumes. Coarse foliage, medium green. Self-sows. Short-lived. Will grow in most soils, dry to moist.


Published in Sp. Pl. 1: 83 in 1753.

Native to the US and Canada.


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