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Wild Rye, Canada

Elymus canadensis

Nodding head with recurved awns persist into winter; leaves are good winter wildlife food

Note: This item is sold by the PLS pound.


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Elymus canadensis, commonly called Canada wild rye, is a native cool season bunch grass noted for graceful, arching seed heads. It blooms in summer and remains attractive well into winter. Virginia wildrye can be distinguished from Canada wild rye by its rather erect (not nodding) seedheads, and by the rather straight (not curving) awns on its mature seedheads. It is generally not as tall or robust as Canada wild rye. We currently offer an Iowa native variety.


Forage notes

Canada wildrye provides good quality forage during the early part of the grazing season. It is fairly palatable to most livestock and is rated good in energy value but poor in protein value.


Wildlife notes

Canada wildrye is palatable to a variety of wildlife. It also provides nesting, brood, winter, and escape cover.


Landscaping notes

The foliage is typically green or bluish green in color and has a fibrous root system. Sometimes, it has a whitish, waxy appearance.


Restoration notes

Exceptional seedling vigor and rapid establishment make Canada wildrye an excellent species for use in erosion control seedings.


Videos About This Plant

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Warm and Cool Season Plant Diversity

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Additional information

Weight N/A

Full Sun to Part Shade

Seeding Rate

20 PLS lbs/acre


Dry, Average, Moist



Bloom Month

Jun, Jul



Specialty Uses

Wildlife, Edible

Cattle Palatability


# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq. ft

Life Cycle


What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.