NAME: Canadian Rye
OTHER COMMON NAMES: Canada Rye / Canada Wild Rye / Nodding Rye
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Elymus Canadensis
COLOR: Yellow, Green - Tan, Purple
PLANT SEEDS: Spring or Fall
BLOOM TIME: June - Aug
HARDINESS ZONE: 2 - 9
PLANT HEIGHT: 2 - 4'
PLANT SPACING: 2 - 3'
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS: Sun
SOIL & WATER PREFERENCES: Average
QUANTITY: 500 Seeds
OTHER: Canadian Rye is a perennial bunch grass native to the prairies of North America. Rye is valuable plant with a variety of uses.
Rye is grown as a grazing crop for livestock such as cattle, or as a ground cover for prairies. It is used for erosion control, & it provides food & habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. It is a host plant for Zabulon Skipper Butterfly.
Canadian Rye is also grown as an ornamental. The plants look great year round. The leaves are bluish-green, & the showy spiky flower & seed heads measure up to 10" long. The nodding seed heads arch & bend, looking lovely blowing in the breeze. The seed heads stay on the plant into the winter, & the seeds are a favorite of birds & other small critters. They are also quite popular in dried floral arrangements.
The plants are quite tolerant, & will grow in most soils. They are able to grow in soil that is shallow, sandy, or a heavy clay, & tolerate drought well. This rye has no problem growing in coastal conditions. They can also be grown in containers.
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