Promoting the Use of Native Plant Species in the Home Landscape

Nodding Wild Grass

Plant Leaf

Full Plant

Plant Berry/Flower

Latin Name: Elymus canadensis

Flower Description:

Blooms begin yellow, then turn green, then to brown.

FamilyPoaceae
Season BloomMarch - June
HabitatThe erect or arching stems of this cool-season, short-lived perennial grow 2-4' tall. Terminal, spiked shaped seadheads of oat-like seeds with long, bristly awns, cause the stems to bend and droop. Also known as Canada Wild Rye. Establishes easily, providing quick initial cover. It is a versatile, cool-season plant, requiring little to now maintenance. It displays heavy, whiskery, nodding seed heads in early fall. A good bunchgrass for partly shady prairie plantings. Larval host for the Zabulon skipper butterfly. Highly deer resistant.
Cycle
Height2-4'
Leaf DescriptionErect or arching stems with spiked shaped seadheads of oat-like seeds with long, bristly awns, cause the stems to bend and droop.
Soil Type Wet
Light Source Partial Shade, Sun
LocationWoodland