Sun: Full, partial, shade

Moisture: Medium to wet

Height: 2-5'

Bloom Time: Jul-Sep

Bloom Color: Yellow-green

Genotype: Superior Township, Ypsilanti city.


This attractive grass creates a large seedhead that provides food to wildlife, especially insects such as aphids, fly larvae, stink bugs, leafhoppers, and others which form the basis of the food web. Host plant to a number of moths. Lovely paired with yellow coneflowers. In the fall, the foliage becomes tinged with a bronzy-red. A good addition to rain gardens. Older names: Lyme-grass, Smooth rye-grass, Terrell-grass, Virginia Lyme-grass.

Grass: Elymus virginicus (Virginia Wild Rye)