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VIRGINIA WILDRYE

#1076 | ELYMUS VIRGINICUS

Summary

It is similar to Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis) in appearance but is typically shorter in height with shorter awns on the seed head. The seed heads are more erect than those of Canada wildrye.

Plant Characteristics
Taxonomy

Zone

Regional Growing Zone
5 - Midwest, 6 - Northeast Lakes, 7 - Great Lakes South, 8 - Appalacia, 9 - Southeast, 10 - South Florida, 11 - South Texas, 12 - Southwest
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Plant Characteristics

Height
24" - 36"
Bloom Period
Early-Spring
Bloom Color
Yellow
Leaf Color
Green
Growing Cycle
Perennial
Growth Habit
Bunch-Type
Sun Requirement
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade

Plant Information

Planting Season
Spring - Late-Fall
Plant Depth
0.25" - 0.5"
Minimum Soil Temp for Germination
50° F
Establishment
Moderate

Seed Information

Seeds Per Pound
100,000
Kingdom
PLANTAE
Subkingdom
TRACHEOBIONTA
Super Division
SPERMATOPHYTA
Division
MAGNOLIOPHYTA
Class
LILIOPSIDA
Subclass
COMMELINIDAE
Order
CYPERALES
Family
POACEAE
Genus
ELYMUS
Species
ELYMUS VIRGINICUS

Coverage Area & Available Sizes

COVERAGE: 10 PLS LBS PER ACRE

AVAILABLE SIZES:

How to Use & Apply

For best results, prepare a clean, firm, weed free seedbed by disking, harrowing, and firming the seedbed with a cultipacker or roller prior to establishment.

Applications

Forage & Grazing

Virginia wildrye is palatable and nutritious to all classes of livestock. It may be grazed fall through early spring before it produces its characteristic, awned, seed head. It may also be cut for hay; however, grazing and haying should be deferred after the plant goes to seed.

Conservation, Reclamation & Restoration

Landscaping

Virginia wildrye may be mixed with warm season grasses for restoration and conservation plantings, and provides an important cool season component to seed mixtures.

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