Canada Wild Rye [Elymus canadensis]

Family: PoaceaeĀ (Grass Family)
Duration:
perennial
Sun:
Full Sun
Soil:
Most soils
Water:
Medium
Colour:
Cream
Bloom Time:
July/August
Planting Time:
Height:
4ft to 5ft
Locations:
Grasslands; ravines; open woodlands; ditches
Benefits:
Nesting material; seeds for birds and small mammals; readily consumed by livestock; attracts butterflies; larval host for Zabulon skipper butterfly; deer resistant
Seed saving:
Other notes:
Benefits from relationships with symbiotic mycorrhizae and receives about 25% of its nutrients from them; benefits from 2 week cold-moist stratification; seed husks have barbed awns that can pose a serious threat of injury to dogs (can cause severe eye injuries); self-pollinator but can cross-pollinate with other strains; Fast growing.