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Elymus glaucus Buckl.
Blue wild rye, Blue wildrye
USDA Symbol: elgl
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Blue wild rye is a cool-season, tufted perennial bunchgrass. The loose to dense tufts are made up of 2-4 ft., leafy culms, each with a erect, to somewhat nodding, seedhead. Foliage is blue-green in color.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul
AK , AR , AZ , CA , CO , ID , IL , MI , MO , MT , ND , NM , NV , NY , OK , OR , SD , TX , UT , WA , WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
Ont. & n. MI to s. AK, s. through the Black Hills & CO, to NM & CA; also s.w. MO & n.w. AR Native Habitat:
Open woods; moist meadows; drier hills USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Moist to dry, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: A desirable species for use in erosion control. The attractive, blue-green foliage adds value to commercial landscaping projects.
PropagationDescription: Sow seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No pretreatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff