Elymus canadensis

Common name: Canadian Wild Rye

Native plant

Canadian Wild Rye is one of those grasses that grows in a way that may not be the most beautiful, but it is certainly effective, if not graceful. The seed heads resemble those of the domestic rye and are very noticeable at a distance. The blades are wide and slightly silver in color. It can reach heights of 4 feet, so it a little on the big side. It is a great stabilization plant for slopes, ditches and other areas that require a thick root system. It grows quickly and can seed in its first year, adding to its usefulness in restoration. 


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Perennial- Standard
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 32 (plugs)
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon

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Plant Details

Plant type

Grasses, Sedges and Rushes

Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Harsh Exposure Tolerant, Compacted/New Construction Soils, Road-side/Salt Tolerant, Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Prairie Grasslands, Savannas

Growth form

Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color

Green White

Fall color



Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
5 Feet
Max width
3 Feet

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