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- The plant grows in USDA Zones 3 to 11 and is found in every contiguous state in the lower 48 except Nevada while also growing in Hawaii.
Here's how your plants will look on arrival. All plants are dormant with no leaves or foliage.
Sagittaria Rigida- Grass Leaf Arrowhead
Excellent forage plants, Virginia wild rye, is a North American species of perennial grasses. Known also as lyme grass, Virginia Wild Grass belongs to the Poaceae family, and are named for their resemblance to cereal rye--- a favorite edible grain used chiefly in making rye bread and rye whiskey.
Leaves: Erect and tufted, this wild rye sprouts smooth and hairless leaves in either a flat or curved fashion, measuring up to 15 millimeters across and 12 inches long. Splaying semi-green to evergreen hues Virginia Wild Rye's leaves often split and have spreading underground stems, referred to as root-stalks. Rich in starches and proteins, these root-stalks produce the shoot and root systems of new plants with ease. The whole flower head---stems, stalks, bracts, and flowers---bobs or bristles and typically flaunts two or more stalked flowers per weave. At maturity, the seed head remains upright.
Soil: Flourishing rapidly in spring and fall, Virginia Wild Rye prefers a trio of simple conditions: full sun to moderate shade, medium to wet moisture levels, and a fertile, friable soil---cool in temperature and rich in carbon, minerals, and organic matter. Under these conditions, the rye intensifies in luster, sheen, color, and respiratory health.
Habitat: This playful perennial enjoys glades, shady nooks, savannas, river and creek banks, and vast woodlands. Herbaceous and blade-like, the grass blooms yellow in hardiness zones 3-8 (USDA). Reaching a height of two to four feet, it typically spans one to two feet in width. Attractive to butterflies and songbirds, Virginia wild rye blooms vibrant and wheat-like in March, April, and May---even as late as August. Drought tolerant, this plant is highly adaptable. Its beautiful accent and showy flowers stem from a unique set of sub-factors--- a right grass with more than 200 genera sparked from 14 different tribes, spanning 4,000 plus species in the plant kingdom. Arabesque and ladylike, Virginia wild rye is a stellar choice.