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Elymus virginicus - Virginia wild rye

Native Wetland Plants

Elymus virginicus

Virginia wild rye

More About Virginia wild rye

  • Cool season perennial bunch grass
  • Common to open grasslands and woodlands associated with flood plains

Elymus virginicus or Virginia wild rye is a versatile shade tolerant cool season grass which grows just over 3' tall and offers great perennial competition against Japanese stiltgrass. The slightly drooping seed heads of Virginia wild rye are tan in color and persist long into winter.  Virginia wild rye grows well in a range of soil from clay to loamy. When grown in mass, it gives a nice savannah style aesthetic quality to the eastern woodlands.

Bloom Color

Green

Elymus virginicus Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Partial Shade
Shade
Mature Height
2' - 4'
Spread Characteristics
Rhizomatous - Med
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Fall
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Spring
Summer
Pond Zonation
Flood Plain - Upland
Foliage Color
Green
Wildlife Benefits
Cover
Food
Nesting
Songbirds
Waterfowl
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Wetland Indicator Status
FAC
FACW-
Plant Type
Cool Season Grass
Flowering Perennial
Attributes
Bio Remediation
Dried Flower
Drought Tolerant
Erosion Control
Fibrous Roots
Mass Planting
Native
Naturalizing
Rain Garden
Storm Water Basin
USDA Hardiness Zone
3
4
5
6
7
8
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