A very large native bunchgrass, blue wildrye can grow up to 5′ tall with an upright growth habit. It is a common and widespread species that tolerates a wide variety of soil and weather conditions: meadows, grasslands, chaparral, woodland and forest. Native bunchgrasses are larval host plants for certain butterflies. This species has important ethnobotanical value as it was used by Native Americans as a cereal grain and for basketry. It is drought tolerant, establishes well from seed, and provides beneficial competition with non-native annual grasses when used for habitat restoration.
Seed Germination Instructions
No pretreatment required. Sow outside in fall to early spring.