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Elymus glaucus

Elymus glaucus Buckley

Blue wild rye, Blue wildrye

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: ELGL

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

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
Flower:
Fruit:
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul

Distribution

USA: AK , AR , AZ , CA , CO , ID , IL , MI , MO , MT , ND , NM , NV , NY , 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.

Propagation

Description: Sow seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No pretreatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: FACU FACU FACU FACU FACU FACU FACU
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 on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

USDA: Find Elymus glaucus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Elymus glaucus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Elymus glaucus

Metadata

Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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