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Elymus virginicus

Virginia Wild Rye

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Elymus virginicus (Virginia Wild Rye)

Similar to Canada Wild Rye, this graceful grass grows in full sun or moderate shade. Excellent for stabilizing disturbed soils in woodland situations, the plants grow in almost any soil and does particularly well in slightly moist soils along woodland streams and floodplains. Excellent for wooded openings and forest edges, especially on cooler north and east-facing forest edges. Reseeds readily.

Additional Information:


Height
4-5 Feet

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Spread
12-18 Inches

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USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Aromatic Aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium), Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Gray-head Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FACW-

Nature Attracting

Songbird

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture

Moderate
Average

Special Uses

Dried Flower
Fresh Cut Flower

Sun Exposure

Medium Sun/Average Shade
Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Birds