Elymus canadensis - Nodding Wild Rye

Elymus canadensis - Nodding Wild Rye

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This grass grows in successional or disturbed prairies. As such, it is an important component in the establishment of prairie grasslands. It is uncommon in fully established, mature prairies. It grows quickly and well on open or disturbed sites but retreats with the full competition of other prairie tall grasses.

Elymus canadensis is one of the easiest prairie grasses to identify, with its characteristic large drooping seed heads. It sometimes grows in non-prairie areas, especially along streams and ditches and other disturbed sites.

It grows best in more porous soils.

Wildlife will use Nodding Wild Rye for nesting material and birds will forage on the seed heads.

Seed Info

Seed Envelopes contain approximately 0.02 ounces of seed and cover about 5 to 10 square feet. 

PLS=Pure Live Seed

Pure Live Seed is a measure of viable seed stated as a percentage. It is the product of total germination times purity.

Example: 96% Germination x 93% Purity = 89% PLS

All of our native warm season grasses and seed mixes are sold PLS.

Product Details

Flower Color: Green and Straw

Height: 3 to 6 Feet

Light Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil Hydrology: Mesic to Wet Soils

Bloom Time: July to September

Plant Type: Perennial

Stratification: None

Attracts: Butterflies

Host Plant: Zabulon skipper butterfly

Product Code: ELY01G