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Elymus virginicus

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

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:

100-150 cm

Spread:

50-60 cm
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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

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Butterflies
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Long Blooming
Long Blooming
Heat Tolerant
Heat Tolerant
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario

Soil Moisture

Moist to Average
Well-drained
Average to Dry Soils

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Deciduous

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Summer
Lt. Spr-Sum

Habit

Spreading
Upright
Clumping

Foliage Color

Green
Gray

Landscape uses

Naturalizing
Woodland/woods edge

 Suitable Substitutions for Elymus virginicus

Elymus canadensis

Elymus canadensis

Canada Wild Rye