Elymus glaucus ssp. glaucus

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Species Name: Elymus glaucus ssp. glaucus
Common Name: Blue Wild Rye

This rye grass grows upright to about 4' and spreads outward by rhizomes. Drought-tolerant, but will go dormant under drought stress. Give full sun near coast, some shade inland.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Grass
Height by Width: 4' H x spreading
Growth Habit: Upright and spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Drought dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to partial sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 7,500'
Flower Season: Spring to summer
Flower Color:
Distribution: Throughout California
Natural Habitat: Open areas in chaparral, woodland, and forest

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Other Names
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.