Leymus triticoides 'Grey Dawn'

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Species Name: Leymus triticoides 'Grey Dawn'
Common Name: Grey Dawn Wild Rye

Has beautiful blue-grey leaves. Recommended for erosion control on slopes and hillsides. Spreads by rhizomes--can be aggressive.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Grass
Height by Width: 2-3' H x 3-5'+ W
Growth Habit: Spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Part sun to shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Infrequent to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 7,000'
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Seedhead
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Selected for use in the garden. Introduced by Suncrest Nurseries
Natural Habitat: Moist often saline meadows

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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.