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Elymus glaucus

Blue wild rye, Blue wildrye

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Elymus glaucus (Blue wild rye)
Blue wild rye is a cool-season, tufted perennial bunchgrass. The loose to dense tufts are made up of 2-4 ft., leafy culms, each with a erect, to somewhat nodding, seedhead. Foliage is blue-green in color.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Leaf: Gray-Green
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul


USA: AK , AZ , AR , CA , CO , ID , IL , MI , MO , MT , NV , NM , NY , ND , OK , OR , SD , TX , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , ON , SK
Native Distribution: Ont. & n. MI to s. AK, s. through the Black Hills & CO, to NM & CA; also s.w. MO & n.w. AR
Native Habitat: Open woods; moist meadows; drier hills

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Moist to dry, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: A desirable species for use in erosion control. The attractive, blue-green foliage adds value to commercial landscaping projects.

Last Update: 2007-01-01