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Elymus glaucus

Blue Wildrye

Community: Foothill

Brief Description

Upright grass grows tall to provide habitat.

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  • Good Bird Feed
  • Cool Season Grass
  • Slim Seedheads

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Plant Description and Details

Tall and columnar, Blue Wildrye makes vase-shaped clumps of medium-width leaves. A cool season grass, it puts out many slim seedheads in early summer. It can do well in a variety of climates and tolerates drought, though good soils are preferable.

Common Names Blue Wildrye
Community Foothill
Annual Water Needs 15-20 inches
Drought Tolerant Yes
Native Range Mountains, foothills, forested and open areas, throughout the western U.S.
Native States CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
Hardiness Down to Zone 4
Exposure Sun
Soil Preference Well Drained
Placement Low screen, wildlife habitat, naturalized grass areas.
Mature Height 2 - 4 ft.
Mature Width 20 in.
Group Spacing 18-36 in.
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 2-3 times deeply the first summer.
Maintenance Tips Mow to 3" in late winter to revitalize clumps.
Wildlife Notes Seed has good value as feed, dense foliage provides nesting cover.
Plants Symbol ELGL
Family Name Poacea
Lewis & Clark No

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