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Elymus canadensis - Canada Wildrye

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SKU: 16
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Canada Wildrye (Elymus canadensis) is a fast-growing, cool season prairie grass that matures in mid-summer. It establishes easily to provide a quick initial cover, and requires little to no maintenance. It produces showy seedheads with long bristle-like awns, similar to barley, that often curve outward unlike Virginia Wildrye which is more upright. Canada Wildrye will mature in the first or second year while other prairie grasses and wild flowers are still developing.


Soil Moisture:  Moderate, Dry

Sun Exposure:  Full Sun, Partial Shade

Height:  3' - 5'

Spread:  2' - 3'

Hardiness Zone:  2 - 9  

Bloom Color:  Green, Brown

Bloom Time:  July, August

Attracts:  Birds, Butterflies



Elymus is a large genus of about 150 different species of grasses that grow in tufts and spread by rhizomes. Its name comes from the Greek word elyo, "rolled up," due to the grain lemma and palea being tightly rolled around the seed. Wildrye grass is primarily used as forage for livestock and forms skinny, bristly spikes that can also be a showy addition to an ornamental flower garden or arrangement.

Return Policy

Returns of standard seed mixes and individual species must be made in the original unopened packaging within 10 days of delivery. If you wish to return live plants, you must do so within 5 days of delivery. Returns of standard mixes, individual species, and live plants are subject to a restocking fee of 25%. Custom seed mixes may not be returned. When returning non-damaged goods, the buyer is responsible for shipping charges, and return shipping may be made by whatever means the buyer selects.

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