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Elymus riparius (Riverbank wildrye)
Smith, R.W.

Elymus riparius

Elymus riparius Wiegand

Riverbank Wildrye, Riverbank Wild-rye

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Elymus canadensis var. riparius


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

Essential component of streambank rehabilitation.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall.
Leaf: Dark Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul


USA: AR , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: ON
Native Habitat: Wet Meadow/Prairie/Field,Riparian

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Organic, Clay, Loam, Sandy


Conspicuous Flowers: 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 on display at the following locations:

North American Native Plant Society - Etobicoke, ON

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2015-04-16
Research By: TWC Staff

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