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Elymus canadensis

Also called Nodding Wild Rye


More About Elymus canadensis

  • Grass has a slightly arching, upright habit and forms a loose clump
  • Leaf blades can range in colour from green to bluish-green, depending on growing conditions
  • Nodding seed heads emerge green, changing to a light tan in the summer
  • Foliage and flowers dry and persist through the fall and winter
  • Flower Height: 150 cm
  • Foliage Height: 100 cm
  • Grass Type: Cool Season

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario and much of North America.

Cool Season Grasses: These grasses do the majority of their growing in early spring and continue until temperatures start to cool in the fall. During the warmer summer months, they stop growing and some will even go dormant. Cool season grasses flower in the spring or early summer. Most cool season grasses grow best in a consistently moist soil.
 

 

Zone:

3

Height:

125-150 cm

Spread:

60-90 cm

Colour:

Green
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Canada Wild Rye Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows best in an average to dry soil, in full sun to partial shade. Foliage will add winter interest, but prune in late winter to make way for new growth. Not suited for small landscapes. Well-suited to dry sunny slopes and will self-seed in optimum conditions.


Elymus canadensis Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Fast
Fast
Long Blooming
Long Blooming
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Ground cover
Ground cover

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Average to Dry Soils

Attributes

Deciduous
Fall Color
Juglan Tolerant

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Fall
Summer

Habit

Clumping
Upright
Spreading

Foliage Color

Blue
Green

Landscape uses

Woodland/woods edge
Naturalizing

 Suitable Substitutions for Elymus canadensis

Elymus virginicus

Elymus virginicus

Virginia Wild Rye