Elymus villosus

Common name: Silky Wild Rye

Native plant

In the wild this plant is found scattered across sites in its habitat, never assuming control of a given area. It actually comes into its own during the winter months when the stems remain held high with the seed heads that look like small stands of wheat missed by the thrasher. Very nice winter interest, really. In the wild and in your garden this plant likes light shade/high canopy moist spots to get you the best results. We have seen winter seed-eating birds visit this plant.


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Per unit for pint growing method $4
Flats $45

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

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

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

New Construction, Yards that Flood

Growth rate


Fall color



Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
1 Inches
Max height
3 Feet
Max width
1 Inches

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