Elymus canadensis (Canada wild rye) Seed
Canada wild rye Description:
Elymus canadensis, commonly known as Canada wild rye, is a native grass species found throughout North America. It is a cool-season, perennial grass that belongs to the Poaceae family.
Canada wild rye grows to a height of 5 feet and has long, narrow, green leaves that can reach up to 10 inches (25 cm) in length. The grass produces flowering stems that bear spikelets of flowers from late spring to early summer. The flowers are usually greenish or purplish and turn golden brown as they mature.
One of the most notable characteristics of Canada wild rye is its ability to stabilize soil and control erosion. The grass has deep roots that help to anchor the soil in place, making it a valuable species for use in erosion-prone areas such as stream banks and hillsides.
Canada wild rye is also an important plant for wildlife, providing cover and food for a variety of animals including birds and small mammals. In addition, it is often used in landscaping and restoration projects because of its attractive appearance and ecological benefits.
Overall, Elymus canadensis is a valuable grass species that can help to stabilize soil, provide wildlife habitat, and enhance the beauty of a variety of landscapes.
In Minnesota, Canada wild rye is found throughout the entire state. More broadly, Canada wild rye is found from coast to coast in the United States, with the exception of the extreme Southeastern states.
Standard Plant Information:
Plant height: 1' - 5'
Bloom time: July - August
Preferred habitat: Does well in part shade to full sun and moist to dry soil. Often found in sandy prairies, dunes, woodland edges, and roadsides.