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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Price Level: 
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 Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Compacted/New Construction Soils, Yards that Flood


Prairie Grasslands

Growth form

Ground cover, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



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

Additional information

Drought Resistant

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