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Elymus virginicus (Virginia wildrye)
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Elymus virginicus

Virginia wildrye

Deer resistant
Cool season grass
Provides erosion control
Wetland Indicator Status, Region 1: FACW-

Green to silvery blue foliage, often with a waxy appearance, is topped with 3-6" long spikelets in late spring and early summer.

SIZE
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Height

2-3 ft

Spacing

12 Inches

Bloom Color

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Virginia wildrye Interesting Notes

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.

Native Distribution

Elymus virginicus Growing and Maintenance Tips

This cool season, clump forming grass tends to prefer heavy, moist, rich soils in part to full sun.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Songbirds
Songbirds
Butterflies
Butterflies
Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Moist
Moist
Average
Average

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Late Summer
Late Spring / Early Summer
Summer
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Propagation Type
Open pollinated
Attributes
Grass Type: Cool Season
Erosion Control
Native to North America
Meadow