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Elymus Virginicus- Virginia Wild Rye

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Virginia Wild Rye is a North American species of perennial grasses. Known also as lyme grass, these linear plants belong to the Poaceae family and are named for their resemblance to cereal rye---a popular edible grain used chiefly in making rye bread

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Elymus Virginicus- Virginia Wild Rye

Excellent forage plants, Elymus Virginicus- Virginia Wild Rye is a North American species of perennial grasses. Known also as lyme grass, these linear plants belong to the Poaceae family and are named for their resemblance to cereal rye---a popular 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.

Elymus Virginicus- Virginia Wild Rye measuring up to 15 millimeters across and 12 inches long. Splaying semi-green to evergreen hues, the leaves often split and have spreading underground stems, referred to as rootstalks. Rich in starches and proteins, these rootstalks 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 bob. At maturity, the seed head remains upright.

Soil: Flourishing rapidly in spring and fall, this graceful grass 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 spacious 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 true 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.

Elymus Virginicus- Virginia Wild Rye