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Elymus villosus (Hairy wildrye)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Elymus villosus

Elymus villosus Muhl. ex Willd.

Hairy Wildrye

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Elymus arkansanus, Elymus canadensis var. villosus, Elymus villosus var. arkansanus, Terrellia villosa


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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Inflorescence: Spike
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: Jul
Bloom Notes: The flowers (florets) of grasses are often minute and therefore inconspicuous.


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MI , MN , MO , NC , ND , NE , NJ , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , VA , VT , WI , WV , WY

Find Seed or Plants

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

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
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2008-02-02
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