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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Plant Details

Plant type

Grass

Soil type

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

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Summer

Urban environment

New Construction, Yards that Flood

Habitat

Prairie Grasslands

Growth form

Ground cover

Growth rate

Fast

Flower color

N/A

Fall color

Yellow

Size

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

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