Printed from Critical Site Products

Elymus canadensis

Canada Wild Rye

<< PREV Image 1 of 2 NEXT >>
Elymus canadensis (Canada Wild Rye)

This perennial native grass forms tufts with erect stems. Leaves are eight to 14 inches in length, medium- to blue-green with a rough texture. Flowering occurs from late summer through early autumn. Reddish-brown flowers are borne in dense spikes about eight to 10 inches in length.

Canada wild rye performs best in well-drained soils with a medium fertility, and can tolerate humid conditions. It prefers full sun. Canada Wild Rye has use in restoration plantings and those for wildlife. It also has ornamental value and can be attractive in rock gardens or in mixed borders.

Additional Information:

[ Add to Shopping List ]

4-6 Feet


-24 Inches


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
A number of diseases may infect Canadian wild rye. The list includes damping off, ergot, cat-tail, powdery mildew, tar spot, rust, smut, brown patch and some fungal spots may occur.

Good Companions
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae), Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida), Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Blue Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation


Nature Attracting


Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture


Special Uses

Dried Flower
Fresh Cut Flower

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Small Animals
Printed from Copyright CritSite . 16245 S. 71 Highway, Belton, MO 64012 (816) 331-9738.