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Species Name: Leymus condensatus
Common Name: Giant Wild Rye
- Native giant wild rye is recommended for erosion control on slopes and hillsides. Easy to grow, it spreads by underground roots. Excellent wildlife value. Often found under native oaks.
- Plant Family: Poaceae
- Plant Type: Grass
- Height by Width: 4' H x spreading
- Growth Habit: Clumping, spreading
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
- Soil Preference: Adaptable
- Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
- Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
- Flower Season: Summer
- Flower Color: Seedhead
- Endangered?: Not Listed
- Distribution: Central Western CA, South Western CA, Mojave Desert
- Natural Habitat: Dry slopes, open woodland, below 4,500'
- Care and Maintenance
- Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
- From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: A tall growing ornamental grass that is found growing on hillsides among the chaparral, generally in locatinos where there is slight shade, and in the open along the coast. It forms large clumps, throwing up many tall stems with plume-like heads and is interesting for planting among shrubs. Gallon cans, 40c."
- Other Names
- Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
- Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.