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Canada Wild Rye is and easy to establish cool season clumping grass. This means it greens up early and is not a big spreader so its perfect to add to your new meadow or prairie garden. It will grow in partial shade too. Grass in the meadow gardens help to keep you flowering plants upright. Their foliage makes fine nesting materials for birds.


Canada Wild Rye has blue green foliage that shines in the sunlight. They seed heads are bottle brush in shape with a slight curve to them adding high ornamental value. Deer do not like this grass but small mammals will forage on it but being a grass, it grows back quickly. This plant is not picky about soil conditions. It grows from 3 to 6 feet tall depending on where it is planted.


Good companions are black eyed susan, purple coneflower, New England aster, summer phlox, goldenrods, and other sun loving plants. Canada Wild Rye is drought tolerant and will hold the soil on slopes.

Elymus canadensis – Canada Wild Rye Grass

  • -Grows from 3 to 6 feet high

    -Very interesting seed head

    - Great nesting material for birds

    - Grows in prairies in full sun and partial shade

    -Zone:  3 to 8

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