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Leymus cinereus

Great Basin Wildrye, Basin Wildrye

Community: Desert

Brief Description

Hardy giant grass stands watch in statuesque columns.

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  • Singular Giant Grass
  • Accents Many Landscapes
  • Non-Invasive Native
  • Effective Summer Screen

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Availability: Temporarily sold out. New inventory is made available in the spring and fall of each year.

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Plant Description and Details

Eye-catching 6-7 ft. tall Great Basin Wildrye grows in substantial shocks all across the western U.S. Ditches, banks, fields, and mountain and desert brush are all home for this deep-rooted, drought-tolerant grass. Wide, bluish green leaves are toppedby large, wheat-like seed heads in the summer and fall. Upright, the plants sway in the breeze, creating movement in the landscape.

Common Names Great Basin Wildrye, Basin Wildrye
Community Desert
Annual Water Needs 10-15 inches
Drought Tolerant Yes
Native Range Flatlands, riverbanks, meadows, semi-desert, roadsides, throughout western states.
Native States CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
Hardiness Down to Zone 4
Exposure Sun
Placement Visual screens, shrub planting accent, soil stabilization, riparian areas, meadows.
Mature Height 4 - 6 ft.
Mature Width 36 in.
Group Spacing 2-6 ft.
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 2-3 times deeply the first summer.
Maintenance Tips Cut back to 6" in late winter to revitalize clumps. Will not spread.
Wildlife Notes Cover.
Plants Symbol LECI4
Family Name Poaceae
Lewis & Clark No

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