This grass grows in successional or disturbed prairies. As such, it is an important component in the establishment of prairie grasslands. It is uncommon in fully established, mature prairies. It grows quickly and well on open or disturbed sites but retreats with the full competition of other prairie tall grasses.
Elymus canadensis is one of the easiest prairie grasses to identify, with its characteristic large drooping seed heads. It sometimes grows in non-prairie areas, especially along streams and ditches and other disturbed sites.
It grows best in more porous soils.
Wildlife will use Nodding Wild Rye for nesting material and birds will forage on the seed heads.
PLS=Pure Live Seed
Pure Live Seed is a measure of viable seed stated as a percentage. It is the product of total germination times purity.
Example: 96% Germination x 93% Purity = 89% PLS
All our native warm season grasses and seed mixes are sold PLS.
Flower Color: Green and Straw
Height: 3 to 6 Feet
Light Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Hydrology: Mesic to Wet Soils
Bloom Time: July to September
Plant Type: Perennial
Host Plant: Zabulon skipper butterfly