Trillium Ridge Flora and Fauna
Canada Wild Rye
Elymus canadensis
Location: Several locations, mixed in meadows
This fast-growing prairie grass is not only attractive, it also serves as an excellent native nurse crop for prairie seedings. Plant at a rate of two to three pounds per acre with your prairie or meadow seed mix. It will mature in the first or second year, ahead of the longerlived prairie grasses and flowers.The beautiful curving seedheads on five foot tall stalks resemble cultivated rye. Grows on an incredible range of soils, including bare sand, gravel, raw clay subsoil and even damp soils. Excellent for inclusion in prairie mixes for revegetation of disturbed soils.
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Genus: Elymus (canada wild rye)
Family: Poaceae (grasses)
Order: Cyperales (grasses and sedges)
Class: Liliopsida (Monocots)
Phylum/Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
Kingdom: Plantae (Plants)