More About Elymus virginicus
- Grass has a slightly arching, upright habit and forms a loose clump
- Coarse leaf blades are grayish-green
- Flower spikes emerge green, change to brown and are a bit thicker than E. canadensis
- Foliage and flowers dry and persist through the fall and winter
- Bloom Time: Summer
- Flower Height: 150 cm
- Foliage Height: 100 cm
- Grass type: Cool Season
Native to Ontario and much of North America.
Virginia Wild Rye Growing and Maintenance Tips
Grows best in a moist to average soil, in full sun to partial shade. Foliage adds winter interest, but prune (if desired) in late winter to make way for new growth. Not suited for small landscapes due to its self-seeding nature. This is a good grass for erosion control because of its fibrous root system.
Elymus virginicus Characteristics
Soil MoistureMoist to Average
Average to Dry Soils
Flowering TimeLt. Sum-Fall