Elymus virginicus is a cool season, perennial bunchgrass that is Native to Wisconsin and much of the US east of the Rockies. It can be confused with Canadian Wild Rye (Elymus canadensis) which is a more robust plant with longer awns. Found in bottomland forests, upland prairies, glades, marshes, stream banks, pastures, fields, roadsides and disturbed areas, it grows easily in moist, fertile, well-drained loams in full sun to part shade. Its root system makes it an excellent plant for erosion control, especially naturalized areas, slopes, and stream banks. Virginia Wild Rye provides shelter for small animals and is deer resistant.
A Native, Naturally! Grass, it prefers full sun to part sun in any, moist to well-drained soil.
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