Canada Wild Rye (Elymus canadensis)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Elymus canadensis Accepted
Elymus canadensis var. robustus Synonym
Elymus canadensis var. brachystachys Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 4a
Plant Height: 36 to 48 inches
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Uses: Erosion control
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 10, 2018 3:49 PM

I've only seen this species once. The Glen Ellyn Park District created some nice native, natural landscape spots near Lake Ellyn and this naïve species was included. Canadian Wildrye has a large native range over most of Canada and the United States, except for the very southeastern states. It is a cool season grass that makes a quick cover over ground. It gets to around 4 feet high and bears the terminal spike-like seedheads of oat-like seeds with long bristly awns that cause the stems to bend and droop. It might be sold at a few native plant nurseries. There are some seed companies that sell this.

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