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Elymus virginicus

Virginia wild rye

Elymus virginicus is a tall grass native across the southeast, naturally found in moist woodlands. It grows best in full sun to part shade, on sites with moist soils. This grass has showy “wheat-like” seed heads that mature in the late summer. It is fairly resistant to deer. It grows to be around five feet tall, and provides cover for wildlife. The seeds are also eaten by birds in the fall. Elymus virginicus is an excellent plant for restoration projects.

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Plant type

  • Grass / Grasslike

Mature Height

  • Up to 6'

Wetland Indicator Status

  • (FACW) Facultative wetland


  • Bird Supportive
  • Summer Bloomer

Planting Zone

  • Riparian Zone
  • Floodplain
  • Slope
  • Riparian Buffer
  • Buffer

Classification by Use

  • Constructed Wetland
  • Erosion Control
  • Showy Native
  • Stream Restoration
  • Wetland Mitigation