Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Cool season, short-lived, tall perennial bunchgrass adapted to moist or periodically moist, well-drained sites, including sandy drainages or banks. Good spring palatability, but poor tolerance to grazing. Fast establishing, vigorous seedlings provide quick initial cover for erosion control applications. Good for stabilizing sandy, blown-out soils. Also use for native range improvement or shaded riparian areas. Varieties listed below.

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INFORMATION & ATTRIBUTES

Family: Poaceae

Duration: Perennial, short lived

Growth Habit: Graminoid

Native Status: Native

Season: Cool

Growth Form: Bunchgrass

Mature Height: 36 in.

Annual Precipitation: 20-45 in.

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Shade Tolerance: Tolerant

Elevation:

Wetland Indicator Status: FAC

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance: Low

SOIL ADAPTATION

Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: Yes

Salinity Tolerance: Medium

CaCO3 Tolerance: High

pH Range: 5.0-7.9


SEEDING NOTES

Seeds per Pound: 114,000

Seeding Rate: 10 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Spring/Fall

Days to Germination:


VARIETIES & LOCAL ACCESSIONS

Mandan - Shorter, finer, softer leaved and leafier variety than common types. Also more tolerant of grazing. (Released 1946)