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Elymus glaucus ssp. virescens

Elymus glaucus Buckley ssp. virescens (Piper) Gould

Blue Wild Rye, Blue Wildrye, Virginia Wildrye

Poaceae (Grass family)

Synonym(s): Elymus glaucus var. virescens, Elymus virescens


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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 7 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul


USA: AK , CA , OR , WA
Canada: BC
Native Habitat: Relatively dry or rocky soils along cliffs, bluffs, slopes, shores and river banks, and in coniferous forests, chaparral and other woodlands.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 32 - Grasses of Canada, the U.S., and Mexico - North America north of Mexico (all countries, provinces, states, territories) (2019) Open Herbarium (
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 0000-00-00
Research By: CBR

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