Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Virginia Wild Rye

Virginia Wild Rye

Elymus virginicus

Full sun to light shade, wet to medium moisture level, prefers fertile loam but tolerates a wide range of soils including clay, strongly acid to neutral pH.  3-4 feet height, blooms in summer, green flowers, re-seeds readily.

Germination Code:  A

Native Region:  Statewide

Cool season.  Easy to grow, fast-growing grass.  Excellent for stabilizing wooded hillsides.  Also ideal for planting along woodland streams and floodplains.  May turn brown in the heat of Tennessee summers but re-grows in cooler weather of fall.  Attracts birds and butterflies; larval host for some skippers and satyrs.

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