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Wild Rye

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Wild Rye requires moist sandy, loamy, or clay soil and shade to partial shade.

Wild Rye grows anywhere from 2 to 6 feet tall

The Many Benefits of Planting Wild Rye Grass 

Wild Rye Grass is both charming and versatile perennial grass. This ornamental grass grows anywhere from 2 to 6 feet tall. The long, slender stalks provide both height and beautiful movement as they nod softly with the wind. Boasting green to tan stems topped with spiked seedheads and silky awns closely resembling wheat, this plant serves as an eye-catching, rustic addition to any outdoor space.


 Wild rye is a fast-growing and low-maintenance plant. The stalks grow readily during the cooler seasons of spring and fall and maintain well throughout the year. Both hearty and drought-tolerant, it is suitable for most environments. Thriving best in moist soil, the grass can adapt to grow in limestone, sand, loam, or clay with sufficient drainage. This plant is ideal for full to partial sun areas and can withstand up to half a day of shade.

 Wild Rye is low maintenance  

 This plant offers many unique benefits. It's easy to propagate by either seed or root division. The grass grows in bunches, making the process of root division extremely simple. By seed, it germinates quickly and easily on top of the soil. The seeds and sprawling cover from this ornamental grass attract many species of animals and insects. The plush stalks provide excellent nesting material for birds and small mammals, and the seeds become a nutritious treat for granivorous birds such as Sparrows and Finches. The plant is also a known larval host for multiple butterfly species—providing the food and shelter that attracts butterflies season after season.


 This ornamental grass is an excellent option for anyone looking to add a touch of traditional elegance to their outdoor space. From its striking appearance to its heartiness, low-maintenance care, and ability to attract songbirds and butterflies, Wild Rye Grass is a versatile option that is sure to please for years to come.

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