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Plant Search > Hairy Wild Rye

Hairy Wild Rye (Elymus villosus)

About Hairy Wild Rye

Hairy Wild Rye is a Grass. Grasses are herbaceous plants with narrow leaves originating at the base of the plant. Grasses are graminoids.

Plant Names (Nomenclature)

Common Plant Name Hairy Wild Rye
Scientific Plant Name Elymus villosus
Other Common Names
Other Scientific Names
Common Family Name Grass
Scientific Family Name Poaceae

Origin

Native Status Kansas Native Native Species: Native to Kansas and the United States

Growth Characteristics

Growth Habit/Form Grass Grasses are herbaceous plants with narrow leaves originating at the base of the plant. Grasses are graminoids.
Life Span Perennial Perennials are herbaceous plants that live three or more years
Maximum Height 1.5 feet height in feet
Maximum Spread 1.0 feet width in feet
Flower Color Green, colors of the flowers
Flowering Season June - July typical months to expect blooms
Reproduction Seed Only methods of reproduction

Growth Requirements

Sun Exposure Full Sun Shade Full Sun: direct sun 8 or more hours of the day
Part Sun: direct sun 4 to 8 hours of the day; about half a day of sun
Shade: direct sun 0 to 4 hours of the day
Soil Moisture Moist to Medium Wet: Soil is soggy or marshy
Moist: Soil tends to stay moist and rarely dries out
Medium: Average soil moisture, little or now slope
Drained: Soil is well drained, never soggy; medium slope
Dry: Soil is dry, often typical of rocky soil; steep slope

Purchase

Seeds/Plants available to buy at the Hairy Wild Rye Store.

Images

Images of the plants' flowers, fruits, seeds, leaves, and stems are shown as all are useful in identifying plants.

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