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Elymus virginicus

Wild Rye, Virginia Wild Rye, Terrell Grass

Scientific Name:

Elymus virginicus

Genus:

Elymus

Species Epithet:

virginicus

Common Name:

Wild Rye, Virginia Wild Rye, Terrell Grass

Plant Type

Grass/Sedge/Rush

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

June, July, August, September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Var. virginicus (Common Wild Rye): moist forests; common throughout NC.

Var. halophilus (Salt-marsh Wild Rye): Brackish marshes, maritime forests and hammocks; uncommon on NC coastal plain. Sometimes treated as a separate species, Elymus halophilus.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Var. halophilus: NC Status SC-V; NC Rank S1; Global Rank G5T5.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=ELVI3

https://nc.audubon.org/700



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