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Elymus glaucus Buckley
Blue wild rye, Blue wildrye
Poaceae (Grass Family)
USDA Symbol: ELGL
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.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul
, WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
Ont. & n. MI
to s. AK,
s. through the Black Hills & CO,
& CA; also s.w. MO
& n.w. AR Native Habitat:
Open woods; moist meadows; drier hills
Growing ConditionsWater 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.
PropagationDescription: Sow seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No pretreatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff