Elymus glaucus (Blue wildrye)

Cool season tufted perennial bunchgrass which is highly desirable for use in erosion control seedings. Commonly found thriving in moist meadows, woodlands, or forests at mid elevations throughout its range. This species' attractive, blue-green foliage adds value to commercial landscaping projects where slope or site stabilization is needed.

native distribution

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Family: Poaceae

Duration: Perennial, long lived

Growth Habit: Graminoid

Native Status: Native

Season: Cool

Growth Form: Bunchgrass

Mature Height: 39 in.

Annual Precipitation: 16+ in.

Drought Tolerance: High

Shade Tolerance: Tolerant


Wetland Indicator Status:

Fire Resistance: 

Fire Tolerance:


Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: Yes

Salinity Tolerance: Medium

CaCO3 Tolerance: High

pH Range: 5.8-8.5


Seeds per Pound: 134,000

Seeding Rate: 1 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Fall

Days to Germination:


Arlington - Arlington is the first released cultivar of blue wildrye. The variety was selected primarily for its agronomic performance and uniformity. Has excellent seed vigor and seed yield with higher tolerance to disease. (Released 1995, source of ecotype: Snohomish County, WA)

Elkton - Slightly taller in stem height and more persistent than Arlington variety. Initiates spring regrowth and seed maturity earlier than other varieties. Excellent forage biomass producer. (Released 1997, source of ecotype: Douglas County, OR)

Union Flat - Source Identified selection out of Whitman County, WA.

White Pass - Source Identified selection out of Yakima County, WA.