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Elymus virginicus

Virginia Wild Rye

Plant Type: Grass - Ornamental

Green to silvery blue foliage, often with a waxy appearance, is topped with 3-6" long spikelets in late spring and early summer.Typically found scattered on shaded banks, along fencerows and in open woodlands throughout much of the US. Similar to E. canadensis, but shorter in height with shorter awns on the seed heads, which do not droop.

A larval host for most branded skippers and satyrs, E. virginicus is also used by birds and small mammals for seed and forage for nesting material.





USDA Hardiness Zone: Zone 3 (-40/-30F)

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