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Elymus canadensis
Elymus canadensis
Common Name: 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.
Height: 4-6 Feet
Spread: -24 Inches
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-8