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Leymus innovatus

Leymus innovatus (Beal) Pilg.

Downy Ryegrass, Boreal Wildrye, Hairy Wild Rye, Fuzzyspike Wildrye

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Elymus brownii, Elymus innovatus, Elymus innovatus var. glabratus, Elymus innovatus var. velutinus, Leymus velutinus

USDA Symbol: LEIN6

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (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
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: The seed head is purple and fuzzy.


USA: AK , MT , SD , WY
Canada: AB , BC , ON , SK


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2011-08-19
Research By: TWC Staff

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