A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants
Virginia Wild Rye
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.